Are Children Decision‐Makers Within the Household?

33 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2011

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Anyck Dauphin

Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO)

Abdel‐Rahmen El Lahga

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bernard Fortin

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Guy Lacroix

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

This article seeks to determine whether children aged 16 and over who are living with their parents influence the household decision-making process. Assuming collective rationality within the household, we show how a minimal number of decision-makers can be inferred from the parametric constraints of the collective model. Using UK Family Expenditure Surveys, we find the data to be consistent with the children being decision-makers. When stratifying the sample by age and by gender, our results indicate that both children aged between 16 and 21 and daughters, irrespective of their age, are decision‐makers.

Suggested Citation

Dauphin, Anyck and El Lahga, Abdel‐Rahmen and Fortin, Bernard and Lacroix, Guy, Are Children Decision‐Makers Within the Household? (June 2011). The Economic Journal, Vol. 121, Issue 553, pp. 871-903, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1857328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02404.x

Anyck Dauphin

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Abdel‐Rahmen El Lahga

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