Gender of Children, Bargaining Power, and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in China

@inproceedings{Li2011GenderOC,
  title={Gender of Children, Bargaining Power, and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in China},
  author={Lixing Li and Xiaoyu Wu},
  year={2011}
}
Based on the prevalent son preference in China, this paper proposes a new measure of relative bargaining power within the household. Using data from China Health and Nutrition Survey, we show that a woman with a first-born son has a 3.9 percentage points’ greater role in household decision-making than a woman with a first-born daughter. Having a first-born son improves the mother’s nutrition intakes and reduces her likelihood of being underweight. While thinking of these impacts as being… CONTINUE READING

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