Halvorsen presents in Addis Ababa

12 May 2017 16:24

(updated: 12 May 2017 16:30)

Halvorsen presents in Addis Ababa

On 12 May, The Choice Lab PhD student Sandra Halvorsen presents the paper “Endowment heterogeneity and efficiency in a public good game of married couples: evidence from Ethiopia” at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Halvorsen has been visiting the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since February 15 this year. During her stay, Halvorsen carried out lab-experiments on intra-household efficiency and cooperation using voluntary contribution mechanisms. Her work is joint with The Choice Lab researcher Kjetil Bjorvatn.

Members of a household depend on each other to share and cooperate. Conforming to traditional gender roles, however, may restrain potential efficiency gains within the household. Lack of efficiency may have important implications for the welfare of household members, especially in poor households. In the patriarchal society of Ethiopia, we experimentally create income differences between spouses, and investigate whether this affects the contributions in a public good game. Is the outcome more efficient when the husband, or the wife, has the higher endowment? Furthermore, we use additional experimental games of social preferences and qualitative interviews to shed light on the underlying mechanisms of household income allocations in a developing country.

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