Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 85–106 | Cite as

The changing intra-household resource allocation in Russia

  • Guy Lacroix
  • Natalia Radtchenko
Original Paper


During the transition period, Russian workers witnessed important changes in their real earnings. In the process, the wage gap between men and women has varied wildly and the family decision-making process may have been significantly altered. To investigate this issue, we estimate a collective labour supply model using data from the RLMS. The specification allows the sharing rule to change in a discrete manner between the pre- and post-1998 financial crisis. Our results indicate that the parameters of the sharing-rule have shifted to a new equilibrium in the post-1998 period. Indeed, when their relative wage increases, husbands (wives) transfer relatively less (more) to their spouse than was previously the case.


Collective model Sharing rule Russian economic crisis 

JEL Classifications

D1 J22 C5 



We are grateful to Thierry Kamionka and Catherine Sofer for useful comments on a preliminary version of the paper. Comments from participants at the ESPE 2006 Meeting in Verona, Italy, from the editor and two anonymous referees are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IZA, CIRPÉEUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada
  2. 2.Département d’économieUniversité d’Evry-Val-d’EssonneEvry CedexFrance

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