Panel Paper: Does Gender Matter in Household Consumption Patterns? : Evidence Based on Rural Households in Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 : 4:05 PM
Clement House, 3rd Floor, Room 04 (London School of Economics)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Hyun Ju Kim and Mee Jung Kim, George Mason University
This study examines how households’ spending patterns vary from receiving loans by different genders of the loan recipients in rural Ethiopia. Specifically, it analyzes that additional financial resource increases bargaining power of the loan recipient within the household, investigating whether the loans received are more likely to be spent for family or recipient oneself depending on the gender of recipient. Using the Ethiopian Rural Household Surveys (ERHS) 1994-2009, this research employs OLS and household-level fixed effect model. The study has found that when the loan recipient in a household is female, share of consumption for family oriented-goods, such as food, education, health and housing, to total consumption is more likely to increase, compared to household with male loan takers.

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