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Handa, Sudhanshu (1996). Mother's Education and Child Attainment: A Test of the Bargaining Power Hypothesis. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 58(1), 119-137.


In a bargaining model of household decisionā€making, any variable reflecting the outside opportunities of household members will influence household demand patterns. Mother's education has been found to be an important determinant of children's education and health outcomes. This paper argues that within a bargaining framework, mother's education may influence children's health and education by shifting bargaining power within the household. An empirical strategy is developed and applied to data on teenage grade attainment and school enrolment in Jamaica. The results support the bargaining power hypothesis, and imply a broader role for mother's education than has previously been considered.


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Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics


Handa, Sudhanshu