Are Household Production Decisions Cooperative? Evidence on Pastoral Migration and Milk Sales from Northern Kenya

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John McPeak

Syracuse University

Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Date Written: August 2006

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.

Keywords: household production, intrahousehold, noncooperative models, pastoralism

Suggested Citation

McPeak, John and Doss, Cheryl R., Are Household Production Decisions Cooperative? Evidence on Pastoral Migration and Milk Sales from Northern Kenya (August 2006). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 88, Issue 3, pp. 525-541, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3581984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2006.00877.x

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Cheryl R. Doss

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