Journal Article

Male wages and female welfare: private markets, public goods, and intrahousehold inequality

Suman Ghosh and Ravi Kanbur

in Oxford Economic Papers

Volume 60, issue 1, pages 42-56
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0030-7653
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1464-3812 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpm039
Male wages and female welfare: private markets, public goods, and intrahousehold inequality

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Welfare Economics
  • Renewable Resources and Conservation
  • Economic Development

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

We show how an apparently welfare improving phenomenon like an increase in the wage of the male member of a family can result in a seemingly paradoxical result where the entire family is worse off. There is male and female specialization in activities such that the female member is involved in a community level public good. A rise in the male wage leads to adjustment of household time allocation with the male working more in the market and less on household activities. In turn, the female works more on household activities and less on the community public good, failing to internalize the negative externality imposed on other members of the community. Under quite general conditions the implied negative effect can more than offset the positive effect of the male wage raise, and the entire family is worse off. The theoretical results are consistent with empirical findings in the literature.

Keywords: D63; O12; Q23

Journal Article.  5822 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare Economics ; Renewable Resources and Conservation ; Economic Development

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.