Individual Property Rights and Bargaining Outcomes: Evidence from Intra-Household Asset Data
33 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2012 Last revised: 11 Oct 2012
Date Written: April 30, 2012
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
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