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Do children make women more patient? Experimental evidence from Indian villages

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D.,
doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2009
Number: 10
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Published in: IES Working Papers 10/2009
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: subjective discount rate; gender; experiment; India
JEL codes: C93, D13, 012
Suggested Citation: Bauer, M., Chytilová, J. (2009). “ Do children make women more patient? Experimental evidence from Indian villages ” IES Working Paper 10/2009. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: This paper studies gender heterogeneity in preferences. We used experimental methods to elicit the subjective discount rate and attitude toward risk in Indian villages. Results show that women made more patient choices than men and that their discount rate is related to number of children. No gender difference is found for individuals without children. Women’s discount rate declines up to four children, whereas men’s does not decline. Our findings suggest that conflictual interactions within a household are more likely when a couple has young children, and hence, spousal heterogeneity in patience is at its greatest.
Downloadable: WP 2009_10_Bauer, Chytilova

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