Heterogeneity in Survey Response According to Gender: A Survey Experiment in Rural India

20 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018

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Maria Laura Alzua

CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Noemí Katzkowicz

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Maria Adelaida Lopera

Université Laval

Date Written: April 1, 2017

Abstract

Eliciting information from household surveys is important in order to better target social policies. In the presence of heterogeneity in answers between couples regarding issues related to household members’ welfare, policies intended to benefit some members, for example, gender targeted policies, may end up being ineffective. Our survey experiment varies the respondent (husband, wife or couple) randomly to an extensive household survey conducted in rural India. We found stark differences between respondents with respect to several household decisions, with women’s answers being significantly different to men’s and couple’s answers, which were similar.

Keywords: Survey Experiment, India, Health Economics

JEL Classification: J16, C8, C90

Suggested Citation

Alzua, Maria Laura and Katzkowicz, Noemí and Adelaida Lopera, Maria, Heterogeneity in Survey Response According to Gender: A Survey Experiment in Rural India (April 1, 2017). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2017-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3163532 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3163532

Maria Laura Alzua (Contact Author)

CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata ( email )

7 Nº 776
Buenos Aires, BA 1900
Argentina

Noemí Katzkowicz

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, IL Jerusalem 91905
Israel

Maria Adelaida Lopera

Université Laval

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

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