Intrahousehold Allocation of Resources: The Bolivian Family

 
Author/Editor: Inchauste, Gabriela
 
Publication Date: May 01, 2001
 
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Summary: Recognizing that intrahousehold inequalities exist, this study focuses on the distribution of resources toward children across household types. A bargaining framework is used to test whether it matters who has control over resources. Results show that control over resources matters, as well as the characteristics of family members. The policy implication is that the education of mothers is important to improve child welfare, over and above the benefits of cash transfer schemes. Parental education campaigns should accompany child welfare programs, particularly among indigenous families. Children fare better when mothers are educated, both parents are present, and there are fewer children.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/57
Subject(s): Resource allocation | Bolivia | Education | Economic models

Author's Keyword(s): Household bargaining | Bolivia | resource allocation | child welfare
 
English
Publication Date: May 01, 2001
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA0572001 Pages: 35
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