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Decision-making within the Household: The Role of Autonomy and Differences in Preferences


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Title: Decision-making within the Household: The Role of Autonomy and Differences in Preferences
Authors: Alem, Yonas
Hassen, Sied
Köhlin, Gunnar
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Extent: 32
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
724
Keywords: Preference
Difference
Decision-making
Autonomy
Willingness-to-pay
Abstract: We use a field experiment to identify how differences in preferences and autonomy in decision-making result in sub-optimal adoption of technologies that can maximize the welfare of all members of the household. We create income-earning opportunities and elicit willingness- to-pay (WTP) for energy-efficient cookstoves through a real stove purchase experiment with randomly chosen wives, husbands and couples. Experimental results suggest that women, who often are responsible for cooking and for col... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: C93, D13, O12, Q56
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/55804
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