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Strategic Weight Within Couples: A Microsimulation Approach

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  • Amedeo Spadaro
  • Kristian Orsini

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Individual strategic weight plays an important role in the intra-household allocation of resources; however, empirical studies invariably find such weight difficult to define in a plausible and computable way, given the available data. This paper proposes a framework for the calculation of household members' strategic weight that can be easily computed using a microsimulation model. The index proposed for each member as the share of resources the household would lose should he or she abandon it. The causes of strategic weight differentials are analysed in four EU countries with significantly different employment structure and tax-benefit systems (Finland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom), using EUROMOD, an integrated EU-15 microsimulation model.

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  • Amedeo Spadaro & Kristian Orsini, 2006. "Strategic Weight Within Couples: A Microsimulation Approach," Working Papers 2006-27, FEDEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:fda:fdaddt:2006-27
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