Burgess & Zhuang (2002)Intra-household Allocationwiis the left hand side variable.Empirical EvidenceDeaton (1997): direct comparison by gender of nutrition, health and edu-cation reveals gender biases. For example, excess female mortality amongstgirls in China, Bangladesh and India. Further, enrolment and literacy tendto be higher for boys rather than girls (in cohorts of the same age) in manyparts of the developing word.Mechanisms that underlie these differences are not fully understood.Onesuggestion, for example, is that excess female mortality is due to femalechildren receiving less medical attention when they are sick. Burgess andZhuang (2001) use household expenditure to try and pry open this blackbox for China.Summary of ResultsBurgess and Zhuang (2001) study in China – the following three key setsof gender bias results emerge:(i) there is no evidence of discrimination in the allocation of food and calo-ries. Deaton (1997) also finds mixed results for food in Maharashtra (In-dia). Parents may not change their food buying or production decisions if
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