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Individual Property Rights and Bargaining Outcomes: Evidence from Intra-Household Asset Data

33 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012 Last revised: 11 Oct 2012

Hema Swaminathan

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore

Rahul Lahoti

University of Goettingen (Gottingen)

Suchitra J. Y.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore

Date Written: April 30, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of the decision-making process among couples. Using an expanded conceptualization of decision-making, this paper explores factors that affect convergence or divergence between spousal perceptions. In particular, the paper considers the impact of women’s property status, specifically, their ownership of a house or land, on decision-making within households using data from the Karnataka Household Asset Survey, 2010-11, which collected individual-level asset ownership and valuation information. The results suggest that property ownership improves women’s autonomy in decision making but does not impact egalitarianism in decision-making between couples.

Keywords: Karnataka, women, assets, egalitarian, decision-making

Suggested Citation

Swaminathan, Hema and Lahoti, Rahul and J. Y., Suchitra, Individual Property Rights and Bargaining Outcomes: Evidence from Intra-Household Asset Data (April 30, 2012). IIM Bangalore Research Paper No. 364. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2116201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2116201

Hema Swaminathan (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore ( email )

Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore, Karnataka 560076
India

Rahul Lahoti

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) ( email )

Platz der Gottinger Sieben 3
Gottingen, D-37073
Germany

Suchitra J. Y.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore ( email )

Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore, Karnataka 560076
India

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