We exploit novel data collected within a randomized controlled trial of a sanitation microcredit intervention to study how intra-household gender differences in perceptions of costs and benefits of sanitation impact investment decisions. We show that — as long as the wife is involved in household decision-making — the intra-household differences in perceptions we document inﬂuence borrowing and investments: uptake of the sanitation loan is higher among households where the wife has higher benefit perception, whereas successful conversion to a toilet depends on differences in monetary cost perceptions. The estimated effects are consistent with the predictions of a model of intra-household decision-making.
Britta is an IFS Associate Director, Associate Staff at the Department of Economics at the UC and Researcher at NIHR Obesity Policy Research Unit.
Research Associate University of Kent
Bansi is a Research Associate of the IFS, a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the University of Kent and also a Fellow at the Global Labor Organisation.
Working Paper details
- Institute for Fiscal Studies
Augsburg, B et al. (2023). To invest or not to invest in sanitation: the role of intra-household gender differences in perceptions and bargaining power. 23/04. London: Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at: https://ifs.org.uk/publications/invest-or-not-invest-sanitation-role-intra-household-gender-differences-perceptions-0 (accessed: 3 December 2023).
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