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Household decision-making in agricultural labour household: a case study of West Bengal

Sarker, Debnarayan and Chakraborty, Sanjukta (2006): Household decision-making in agricultural labour household: a case study of West Bengal. Published in: Indian Social Science Review , Vol. 7, No. 2 (2006): pp. 55-79.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on theoretical issues of gender related to household decision making and examines its empirical validity on agricultural labour households in the context of a particular region of West Bengal. The study suggests that a woman‟s choice and rationality differ significantly from a man‟s. The loci of patriarchal power determines how, where, when and who make the choice. Unlike unitary household model, collective household model, in which a household consists of individuals each of whom is characterized by particular preference, and among whom a collective decision making takes place, seems to be more general. Further, a large unexplained component of intra-occupational wage difference between man and woman is likely to indicate gender discrimination in the intra occupational labour market in which both men and women of a household participate.

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