Are household production decisions cooperative? Evidence on pastoral migration and milk sales from northern Kenya

John G. McPeak, Cheryl R. Doss

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Abstract

Market-based development efforts frequently create opportunities to generate income from goods previously produced and consumed within the household. Production within the household is often characterized by a gender and age division of labor. Market development efforts to improve well-being may lead to unanticipated outcomes if household production decisions are noncooperative. We develop and test models of household decision making to investigate intrahousehold decision making in a nomadic pastoral setting from Kenya. Our results suggest that household decisions are contested, with husbands using migration decisions to resist wives' ability to market milk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-541
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

Keywords

  • Household production
  • Intrahousehold
  • Noncooperative models
  • Pastoralism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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