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Bargaining with Grandma: The Impact of the South African Pension on Household Decision-Making

Bargaining with Grandma: The Impact of the South African Pension on Household Decision-Making <p> I examine how an exogenous change in individual income affects decision-making in the household. Using the age discontinuity in eligibility for the South African pension, I find that eligible women are 15 percentage points more likely to be the primary decision-maker in the household than noneligible women. This corresponds with a large increase in their share of household income. There are no parallel effects for men. Due to labor force withdrawal, male income does not increase with eligibility, suggesting that their status in the household is unchanged. </p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Bargaining with Grandma: The Impact of the South African Pension on Household Decision-Making

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 51 (4) – Nov 22, 2016

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Abstract

<p> I examine how an exogenous change in individual income affects decision-making in the household. Using the age discontinuity in eligibility for the South African pension, I find that eligible women are 15 percentage points more likely to be the primary decision-maker in the household than noneligible women. This corresponds with a large increase in their share of household income. There are no parallel effects for men. Due to labor force withdrawal, male income does not increase with eligibility, suggesting that their status in the household is unchanged. </p>

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 22, 2016

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