Byline: Michal Bauer, Julie Chytilova
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.
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).
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