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

Posted: 20 Jul 2006

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John G. McPeak

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

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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.

Suggested Citation

McPeak, John G. and Doss, Cheryl R., Are Household Production Decisions Cooperative? Evidence on Pastoral Migration and Milk Sales from Northern Kenya. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 88, No. 3, pp. 525-541, August 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=918544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2006.00877.x

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United States

Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3TB
United Kingdom

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