Business Economics and Public Policy Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-2014

Publication Source

Journal of Development Economics

Volume

107

Start Page

192

Last Page

201

DOI

10.1016/j.jdeveco.2013.12.003

Abstract

This paper examines whether an individual-level transfer of property rights increases the individual's bargaining power within the household. The question is analyzed in the context of a housing reform that occurred in China that gave existing tenants the opportunity to purchase the homes that they had been renting from their state employers. The rights to each housing unit were granted to a particular employee, so property rights were defined at the individual level rather than the household level. The results indicate that transferring ownership rights to men increased household consumption of some male-favored goods and women's time spent on chores. Transferring ownership rights to women decreased household consumption of some male-favored goods.

Keywords

Intra-household bargaining, property rights, housing reform

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017