Women, Children and Patience: Experimental Evidence from Indian Villages.(Report) Bauer, Michal; Chytilova, Julie

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Bauer, Michal ; Chytilova, Julie
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Review of Development Economics
Developing countries; Family; Economics
Byline: Michal Bauer, Julie Chytilova Abstract Researchers have observed that women in developing countries often make more development friendly choices than men. We implemented experimental tasks among a large and diverse sample of married individuals in rural India and found women to make on average more patient and more risk-averse choices than men. We find important heterogeneity in gender differences in patience: there is no difference for spouses with no children but patience levels diverge if there are small children in a family. The findings imply that conflicting spousal preferences are most likely in poor families with children. Article Note: We thank R. Filer, I. Gang, D. Malunda, A. Mayer, J. Morduch, D. Munich, A. Ortmann, S. Pratap, D. Ray, D. Thomas for valuable comments, and BPKS and Caritas Prague, especially Jarmila Lomozova, for collaboration on the fieldwork. The research was supported by a grant from the CERGE-EI Foundation under a program of the Global Development Network and by the Czech Science Foundation (13-20217S). Supporting information: Additional Supporting Information may be found in the online version of this article CAPTION(S): Appendix S1. SUPPLEMENTARY APPENDIX A & B
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