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To invest or not to invest in sanitation: the role of intra-household gender differences in perceptions and bargaining power

Augsburg, Britta, Malde, Bansi, Olorenshaw, Harriet, Wahhaj, Zaki (2023) To invest or not to invest in sanitation: the role of intra-household gender differences in perceptions and bargaining power. Journal of Development Economics, 162 . Article Number 103074. ISSN 0304-3878. (doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2023.103074) (KAR id:100195)

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We exploit novel data collected within a randomized controlled trial of a sanitation microcredit intervention to study how intra-household gender differences in perceptions of costs and benefits of sanitation impact investment decisions. We show that - as long as the wife is involved in household decision-making - the intra-household differences in perceptions we document influence borrowing and investments: uptake of the sanitation loan is higher among households where the wife has higher benefit perception, whereas successful conversion to a toilet depends on differences in monetary cost perceptions. The estimated effects are consistent with the predictions of a model of intra-household decision-making.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2023.103074
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled keywords: sanitation, perceptions, intra-household bargaining, microfinance, gender
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Zaki Wahhaj
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2023 12:06 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:32 UTC
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