Forever gender equal and child friendly? : Intrahousehold allocations to health in Finland before the Nordic welfare state

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Saaritsa , S 2017 , ' Forever gender equal and child friendly? Intrahousehold allocations to health in Finland before the Nordic welfare state ' , European Review of Economic History , vol. 21 , no. 1 , pp. 159-184 . https://doi.org/10.1093/ereh/hew021

Title: Forever gender equal and child friendly? : Intrahousehold allocations to health in Finland before the Nordic welfare state
Author: Saaritsa, Sakari
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Economic and Social History

Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: European Review of Economic History
ISSN: 1361-4916
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ereh/hew021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313098
Abstract: The literature on intrahousehold allocation in European history has typically built on bargaining models originating from Amartya Sen and the South Asian “missing girls” paradigm, testing hypotheses of male earner bias. Often, a 50/50 benchmark has been used, assuming any skew in spending meant discrimination. This study combines external measures of variation in morbidity by age, sex and season with analysis of household health expenditure in Finland in the 1920s. The results suggest that money largely followed sickness rather than gender or earnings. This supports an emerging literature challenging bargaining models and suggesting that significant historical differences may have existed between world regions.
Subject: 5202 Economic and Social History
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