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The Changing Intra-Household Resource Allocation in Russia


Guy Lacroix


Laval University - Département d'Économique; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Natalia Radtchenko


Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

July, 17 2008

CIRPEE Working Paper No. 08-11

Abstract:     
During the transition toward a market economy, Russian workers have had to face important structural changes in the labour market as well as dramatic changes in their real earnings. In the process, the wage gap between men and women has varied wildly over that period. In recent years, young women have embraced professional careers, are more mobile on the labour market, and tend to delay the birth of their first child.

All these trends are likely to influence intra-household relations and consequently the family decision process. To investigate this matter, we estimate a household collective labour supply model. We generalize the specification so as to allow the sharing rule to change in a discrete manner between the pre and post 1998 financial crisis periods. The parameters of the sharing-rule indicate that the households have shifted to a new equilibrium in the post-1998 period. Indeed, husbands have become more egotistic and wives more altruistic: an increase in their relative wage translates into a smaller/larger transfer to their spouse.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: Collective model, sharing rule, Russian economic crisis

JEL Classification: D1, J22, C5

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Date posted: July 18, 2008  

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Lacroix, Guy and Radtchenko, Natalia, The Changing Intra-Household Resource Allocation in Russia (July, 17 2008). CIRPEE Working Paper No. 08-11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1162167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1162167

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Guy Lacroix (Contact Author)
Laval University - Département d'Économique ( email )
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Natalia Radtchenko
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne ( email )
17, rue de la Sorbonne
Paris, IL 75005
France
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
106-112 Boulevard de l'Hopital
75647 Paris Cedex 13, 94204
France
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