Intra-household Resource Allocation and Familial Ties

Kazianga, Harounan and Wahhaj, Zaki (2017) Intra-household Resource Allocation and Familial Ties. Journal of Development Economics, 127 . pp. 109-132. ISSN 0304-3878. (doi: (Full text available)


In this paper, we investigate the link between intra-household resource allocation and familial ties between household members. We show that, within the same geographic, economic and social environments, households where members have `stronger' familial ties (nuclear family households) achieve near Pareto efficient allocation of productive resources and Pareto efficient allocation of consumption while households with `weaker' familial ties (extended family households) do not. We propose a theoretical model of the household based on the idea that altruism between household members vary with familial ties which generates predictions consistent with the observed empirical patterns.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Intra-household Allocation, Social Norms, Extended Families, Altruism, Household Farms, Income Shocks, Risk-sharing, Consumption Smoothing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Zaki Wahhaj
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2017 00:10 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2019 00:00 UTC
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