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Intra-household Experiments: a survey and some methodological observations

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  • Alistair Munro

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Experiments with family groups are rare, but since many decisions are taken at the household level or occur within the household it is an important area to investigate. I discuss some of the methodological challenges involved in doing experiments with couples and families and consider major areas that remain yet to be explored. While general themes from the research are still emerging, there is little evidence of efficiency in intra-household decisions. Moreover, deviations from standard models of microeconomics seem to be in line with those seen in the anomalies literature of individual decisionmaking.

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  • Alistair Munro, 2015. "Intra-household Experiments: a survey and some methodological observations," GRIPS Discussion Papers 15-03, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
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    1. Hélène Couprie & Elisabeth Cudeville & Catherine Sofer, 2017. "Efficiency versus Gender Roles and Stereotypes: An Experiment in Domestic Production," THEMA Working Papers 2017-10, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
    2. Hoel, Jessica B. & Hidrobo, Melissa & Bernard, Tanguy & Ashour, Maha, 2017. "Productive inefficiency in dairy farming and cooperation between spouses: Evidence from Senegal:," IFPRI discussion papers 1698, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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