An increasing number of aid policies target women on the basis that bestowing greater decision-making power on women will have positive spillover effects on the wellbeing of the household and society at large. A team of local researchers investigates the role of information sharing in intra-household resource allocation in rural India to assess household bargaining power. The researchers find that while married couples in rural India tend to take household decisions together, providing information about a partner’s preferences will only influence the wife’s final decision. Women are also more likely to spend on nutrition than men.
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