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Household decision-making in agricultural labour household: a case study of West Bengal


  • Sarker, Debnarayan
  • Chakraborty, Sanjukta


This paper focuses on theoretical issues of gender related to household decision making and examines its empirical validity on agricultural labour households in the context of a particular region of West Bengal. The study suggests that a woman‟s choice and rationality differ significantly from a man‟s. The loci of patriarchal power determines how, where, when and who make the choice. Unlike unitary household model, collective household model, in which a household consists of individuals each of whom is characterized by particular preference, and among whom a collective decision making takes place, seems to be more general. Further, a large unexplained component of intra-occupational wage difference between man and woman is likely to indicate gender discrimination in the intra occupational labour market in which both men and women of a household participate.

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  • Sarker, Debnarayan & Chakraborty, Sanjukta, 2006. "Household decision-making in agricultural labour household: a case study of West Bengal," MPRA Paper 33504, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33504

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    collective household model; gender discrimination ; agricultural labour;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology


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