Public intervention and household behavior.

How does the distribution of power within the household affect the nutrition of its members? In 1998, the largest social program in rural Mexico (PROGRESA) designed a random experiment for the purpose of evaluation. Exploiting the experimental nature of the data, I estimate calorie demand equations based on the predictions from different models of household behavior. There are three main findings in the first chapter. First, I reject the income pooling restriction and the Pareto-efficiency assumption for the nutrition decisions of families assuming that only the head of household and his spouse participate in decision-making…

Author: Djebbari, Habiba

Source: University of Maryland

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