The Impact of Household Structure on Female Autonomy in Developing Countries

Debnath, S (2015) The Impact of Household Structure on Female Autonomy in Developing Countries. The Journal of Development Studies, 51 (5). pp. 485-502.

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Abstract

AbstractJoint household structures in which several generations co-reside in a single house are common across developing countries. Such households may confer benefits on all the family members through household public goods with the patriarch exercising greater control over resources. Therefore, the household structure may affect the bargaining power of its members. This paper estimates the effect of joint versus nuclear household structure in India on the autonomy of women and their labour force participation and the heterogeneity in the effects by income, caste, and region. I use an instrumental variable approach and find that women living in nuclear households have greater decision-making power.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bargaining power,Labor supply,Decision making, Medical care,Public goods,Nuclear families
Subjects: Economics
Policy
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 16:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 16:50
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/611
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2014.983909
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0022-0388/
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