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ERIC Number: EJ792697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Out of the Wallet and into the Purse: Using Micro Data to Test Income Pooling
Ward-Batts, Jennifer
Journal of Human Resources, v43 n2 p325-351 Spr 2008
This paper uses an exogenous change in the intrahousehold distribution of income, provided by a change in United Kingdom Family Allowance policy to test the income-pooling hypothesis implied by unitary household models. Expenditure shares are estimated for a wide range of goods using household-level data. Shifts in expenditure shares suggest that children and mothers benefited at the expense of fathers when this policy change shifted income within households from men to women. Similar shifts are not found among married-couple households with no children. This paper refutes income pooling, and confirms and extends results in Lundberg, Pollak, and Wales (1997). (Contains 10 tables and 28 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom