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Title:Bargaining and household dynamics: the impact of education and financial control on nutrition outcomes in South Africa
Authors:Simister, John
Piesse, Jenifer
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
household budget
Abstract:This paper investigates the impact of adult education levels and the gender of the major family decisionmaker on levels of nutrition, focussing in particular on food consumption versus alcohol. Conventional economic analysis of household spending is largely based on bargaining models, where different members of a household may have conflicting views on the allocation of communal resources. There is widespread agreement that, with respect to expenditures on food, female income is more important than male income and that women place a higher priority on child welfare than do men. But, the crucial issue is not whether a woman earns money, buth rather whether she controls it. Finally, a crucial area for research is related to the issue of education in relation to women's ability to influence household resource allocation. The beneficial effects of female control of household resources on family nutrition can be observed in the difference in the allocation of expenditures on food and alcohol between male-headed and female-headed households. The paper is based on data from a survey entitled 'Work, attitudes and spending', carried out in 11 metropolitan areas of South Africa in September 2000. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]