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Abstract: Recent research suggests that intrahousehold decision-making plays a large role in determining outcomes for the household and that it is influenced by the relative bargaining power of household members. This study uses data from a randomized controlled trial of a loan program during the hungry season in Zambia to create proxies for household bargaining power and analyzes the heterogeneous ... read moreimpacts of the loans with respect to these measures. Spousal age discrepancy and a direct series of questions asking about decision making within the household seem to be the best proxies for female bargaining power. I find households with higher levels of female bargaining power experience larger differential effects of the loans on consumption and total harvest values, with the effects being particularly obvious within the cash loan arm as opposed to the maize loan arm.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics.
Advisor: Kelsey Jack.
Keyword: Economics.read less