Do Spouses Realise Cooperative Gains? Experimental Evidence from Rural Uganda
University of Manchester
affiliation not provided to SSRN
University of East Anglia - School of International Development and CBESS
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics
University of East Anglia (UEA)
April 24, 2011
World Development, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2011
We use experimental data from variants of public good games to test for household efficiency among married couples in rural Uganda. Spouses frequently do not maximise surplus from cooperation and perform better when women are in charge of allocating the common pool. Women contribute less to this household common pool than men and opportunism is widespread. These results cast doubts on many models of household decision making. Experimental results are correlated with socio-economic attributes and suggest that assortative matching improves household efficiency. Developing non-cooperative household models sensitive to the context-specificity of gender relations emerges as a promising future research agenda.
Keywords: household behaviour, cooperation, gender, experiments, Africa, Uganda
JEL Classification: D13, C93, D03Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 25, 2011 ; Last revised: April 27, 2011
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