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Estimating the Intrafamily Incidence of Health: Child Illness and Gender Inequality in Indonesian Households

  • Pitt, Mark M.
  • Rosenzweig, Mark R.

In this paper, we demonstrate the difficulties of identifying both the own- and cross-effects of health on the allocation of time within a household, and develop and implement a method for estimating the effects of infant morbidity on the differential allocation of time by other family members based on discrete indicators of health and of activity participation commonly available in survey data. Estimates obtained from Indonesian household data indicate that inattention to problems of the measurement and endogeneity of health leads to a substantial underestimate of the effects of variations in child morbidity on the intrahousehold division of labor, and our estimates that take into account the "simultaneity" of health-activity associations indicate that increased levels of infant morbidity significantly exacerbate existing differentials in work-home time allocations across teenage boys and girls in Indonesia.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota, Economic Development Center in its series Bulletins with number 7501.

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