Gender Discrimination in the Allocation of Migrant Household Resources

46 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2015

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Francisca Antman

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Antman, Francisca, Gender Discrimination in the Allocation of Migrant Household Resources. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8796, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2558395

Francisca Antman (Contact Author)

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

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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