INCOME UNDER FEMALE VS

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INCOME UNDER FEMALE VS. MALE CONTROL: FROM “SEPARATE PURSES” TO THE “BLACK BOX HOUSEHOLD” 1. Economists view the family/household as a “single production function,” a monolithic “black box” that acts like a single enterprise, so that it doesn’t matter who receives information or income and who does the work. 2. But since the mid- 1980s, Blumberg, Folbre and others have argued that it does matter: that there is an “internal economy of the household,” differentiated along axes of gender and age/seniority. Worse, to ignore it can result in Third World development projects that harm rather than help. 3. Blumberg argues that when we consider the world’s families/households: a. There is a continuum ranging from the “single production function household” (“black box”) at one end where it really doesn’t make any difference who works, who earns & who gets info and, at the other end, “separate purses” where family members – especially husband and wife/wives – maintain largely separate purses. b. The “separate purses” end is most prevalent in sub-Saharan
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOC 252 taught by Professor Blumberg during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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