Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 254–271 | Cite as

Welfare Sharing Within Households: Identification from Subjective Well-being Data and the Collective Model of Labor Supply

  • Natalia Radchenko
Original Paper


The paper proposed a novel approach to identifying intra-household allocations in households with two decision-makers. We addressed the issue by using the collective model of labor supply. Most empirical studies based on the collective approach were restricted to the identification of the sharing rule guiding individual allocations up to a constant. We suggested using individual welfare satisfaction data as an additional source of identification. An empirical example was given using the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey. The sharing rule was found to be related to the spouses’ wage and age differences and number of children. Sharing varied with the level of household income: In low-income households, sharing was equal; in middle (high) income households men held a slight (strong) advantage.


Intra-household inequality Collective model of labor supply Sharing rule Subjective well-being data 


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  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA

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