Gender Discrimination in the Allocation of Migrant Household Resources
46 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2015
This paper considers the relationship between international migration and gender discrimination through the lens of decision-making power over intrahousehold resource allocation. The endogeneity of migration is addressed with a difference-in-differences style identification strategy and a model with household fixed effects. The results suggest that while a migrant household head is away, a greater share of resources is spent on girls relative to boys and his spouse commands greater decision-making power. Once the head returns home, however, a greater share of resources goes to boys and there is suggestive evidence of greater authority for the head of household.
Keywords: migration, intrahousehold allocation, gender discrimination, education, bargaining power
JEL Classification: O15, F22, D13, J16
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