Bias against Daughters in Health-Care Provision: A Theoretical Analysis

16 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2008

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Sharmistha Self

University of Northern Iowa; Missouri State University - Department of Economics

Sajal Lahiri

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 3, 2008

Abstract

This is a theoretical paper to analyze possible bias against daughters in the provision of healthcare. Women once married become part of in-laws' families, leading to certain inter-family externalities in household decision making, which in turn result in gender bias in healthcare. We also find that the extent of gender bias increases with the cost of healthcare.

Keywords: gender bias, healthcare, marriage, extended family, health-care cost

JEL Classification: H52, O10, O16

Suggested Citation

Self, Sharmistha and Lahiri, Sajal, Bias against Daughters in Health-Care Provision: A Theoretical Analysis (July 3, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1155111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1155111

Sharmistha Self

University of Northern Iowa ( email )

Cedar Falls, IA 50614
United States

Missouri State University - Department of Economics ( email )

901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
United States

Sajal Lahiri (Contact Author)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Department of Economics ( email )

MC 415
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States

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