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Is It Better to Be a Boy? A Disaggregated Outlay Equivalent Analysis of Gender Bias in Papua New Guinea


John Gibson


University of Waikato; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Scott Rozelle


University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

December 2000

UC Davis Working Paper No. 00-023

Abstract:     
Discrimination in the allocation of goods between boys and girls within households in Papua New Guinea is examined using Deaton's (1989) outlay-equivalent ratio method. Adding a boy to the
household reduces expenditure on adult goods by as much as would a nine-tenths reduction in total outlay per member, but girls have no effect on adult goods expenditure. The hypothesis of
Haddad and Reardon (1993) that gender bias is inversely related to the importance of female labour in agricultural production is not supported. There is no evidence of bias against girls in the
urban sector.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Boy-girl discrimination, Gender bias, Outlay-equivalent analysis

JEL Classification: D12, J16

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Gibson, John and Rozelle, Scott, Is It Better to Be a Boy? A Disaggregated Outlay Equivalent Analysis of Gender Bias in Papua New Guinea (December 2000). UC Davis Working Paper No. 00-023. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=320252 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.320252

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John Gibson
University of Waikato ( email )
Te Raupapa
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton
New Zealand
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
19 Milne Terrace
Island Bay
Wellington, 6002
New Zealand
Scott Rozelle (Contact Author)
University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-9897 (Phone)
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