Seminário NOVAFRICA:
“Gender and Agency Within the Household: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan”

Na quinta-feira, dia 16 de Junho, pelas 16h00, o Centro NOVAFRICA convida Marcel Fafchamps, da Stanford University para apresentar o seu trabalho.

Uzma Afzal
Giovanna d’Adda
Marcel Fafchamps

Theoretical and empirical work on intra-household decision making capture empowerment through bargaining weights given to individual preferences, and infer such weights from household consumption allocations. In this paper we test two key hypotheses underlying this work: first, that the sharing rule is the same for all private consumption goods; and second, that household members only care about their final consumption, not about the process by which consumption decisions are made. We use data from a survey and a novel laboratory experiment implemented with adult couples in Pakistan. The experiment is designed to separate the pure value of ‘empowerment’, that is, the right to choose, from the value of having one’s preferred choice selected. We find that women’s involvement in decision making is decreasing in the importance of the decision, thus rejecting the constant sharing rule hypothesis. We also find that women are less willing to pay to have their preferred option implemented in the lab, suggesting that they have internalized their lower agency in the household.

Este seminário será apresentado em Inglês.

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