Reference : Family policy, intrahousehold bargaining, and child health
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Family policy, intrahousehold bargaining, and child health
Borga, Liyousew mailto [University of Luxembourg > > > ; Luxembourg Institute of Health - LIH]
Review of Development Economics
United Kingdom
[en] intrahousehold allocation ; difference-in-differences estimation ; women empowerment
[en] This study examines the effects of an exogenous change in family policy in Ethiopia on women
empowerment and the allocation of resources toward child health. Empowerment is formalized as an unobserved latent variable based on a large set of questions pertaining to women's autonomy and decision-making power. Exploiting the time and regional variation in the implementation of the law, the study finds that early implementation of the reform increases women's access to information, literacy and education levels, and their assertiveness toward family planning and domestic violence. In addition, more decision power in the hands of women is found to have a positive impact on investments in the health and nutrition of children. The findings suggest that factors that do not enter the individual's preferences may affect outcomes for individuals and
emphasize the role of intrahousehold heterogeneity. The results are robust to a battery of validity and specification checks.

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