Spousal Employment and Intra-Household Bargaining Power

11 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014

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Francisca Antman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper considers the relationship between work status and decision-making power of the head of household and his spouse. I use household fixed effects models to address the possibility that spousal work status may be correlated with unobserved factors that also affect bargaining power within the home. Consistent with the hypothesis that greater economic resources yield greater bargaining power, I find that the spouse of the head of household is more likely to be involved in decisions when she has been employed. Similarly, the head of household is less likely to be the sole decision-maker when his spouse works.

Keywords: intra-household, bargaining power, decision-making, gender, family

JEL Classification: J12, J16, D13, O15

Suggested Citation

Antman, Francisca, Spousal Employment and Intra-Household Bargaining Power. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8231, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2450422

Francisca Antman (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

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Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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