The Economics of Gender and the Household in Developing Countries

by Holger Seebens (Author)
Thesis XIV, 124 Pages


This study focuses on gender differences and their implications for household decision making in terms of production, consumption, fertility and the measurement of welfare. Using econometric approaches, the study reveals that different preferences as well as unequal access to resources determine the outcomes of household decisions. However, preferences and responses to inequality are not static but change depending on risk behavior and the institutional setting as demonstrated with examples from agricultural production and household demand for consumption goods. The means to translate preferences into actual demand depend on the bargaining power married women have in household decision making. Furthermore, the results reveal that apparent gender differences in terms of demand lead to an identification problem of adult equivalence scales, when these are estimated using demand data.


XIV, 124
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XIV, 124 pp., 14 fig., 29 tables

Biographical notes

Holger Seebens (Author)

The Author: Holger Seebens received a Master in Sociology from the University of Bonn before he pursued his Ph.D. studies in economics at the University of Göttingen, where he graduated in 2007. From 2005 until 2007, he worked at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn as Senior Researcher. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen.


Title: The Economics of Gender and the Household in Developing Countries