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Household Economic Behaviors

  • J. A. Molina

Part of the International Series on Consumer Science book series (ISCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Olivier Donni, Pierre-André Chiappori
    Pages 1-40
  3. Patricia Apps, Ray Rees
    Pages 57-81
  4. Laurens Cherchye, Bram De Rock, Frederic Vermeulen, Ewout Verriest
    Pages 83-98
  5. Chris van Klaveren, Bernard van Praag, Henriette Maassen van den Brink
    Pages 99-119
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-185

About this book


For decades, the traditional model of household economic behavior assumed a nuclear family and a standardized structure. But recent seismic shifts in family composition (e.g., childless, cohabiting, blended) and in the ways family members shop, save, and work are bringing challenges to the unitary model and opening up new avenues for study. 

In Household Economic Behaviors, a distinguished panel of researchers offers theoretical analysis and empirical findings that reflect the complex realities of contemporary family decision-making. Non-unitary alternatives featured include collective/cooperative, strategic/bargaining, and independent individual models. A variety of pertinent situations and comparative studies comes under discussion, such as intra-household bargaining, monetary versus non-monetary transfers within households, decision-making differences between immigrant and native families, and the impact of economic downturns. Chapter authors add to a diversifying knowledge base as they:

· Introduce and clarify non-unitary models of household behavior, including collective and strategic, with their policy implications.

· Discuss alternative independent individual models of the household.

· Review the current literature on household time use, inequality, and taxation.

· Examine revealed preference tests for collective household behavior.

· Compare collective labor supply of natives and immigrants.

· Explore the effects of marriage on couples’ allocation of time.

· Tackle the controversial question, “Do fathers matter—or just their money?”

· Consider the transmission of economic shocks among family members.

The innovative and timely perspectives in Household Economic Behaviors are especially instructive for researchers studying the economics of the family and social policy, as well as professors and students in family relations.


bargaining divorce family labor supply marriage monetary transfers spousal interaction

Editors and affiliations

  • J. A. Molina
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Cc. Economicas, Depto. Analisis EconomicoUniversidad ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

About the editors

Professor José Alberto Molina received his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1992. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2006. Currently, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zaragoza. He has been a Visiting Fellow at FEDEA (Madrid, Spain) and at Warwick University (UK). He is Associate Editor of Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, the International Journal of Consumer Studies and the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. His main research topic is household economic behavior and welfare, with particular interest in labor economics and intra-household allocation. Professor Molina is also working on projects related to efficient bargaining in families with children. His work has been published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Applied Economics, Economics of Education Review, Empirical Economics, the Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, the Journal of Policy Modeling, Research in Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, and Urban Studies, among others.

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