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Gender specific economic shocks and household bargaining power

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“Gender specific economic shocks and household bargaining power”


Using a machine learning approach and scanner data on single men and single women, we construct an index measuring the degree of "maleness" or "femaleness" of a basket of goods based on the consumption patterns of single men and women.  First, we document substantial heterogeneity in the consumption of single men and women and we validate the index with a battery of sensitivity checks. Second, we examine how gender-specific economic shocks affected the allocation of household budget towards prevalently male/female products. We show that robot exposure resulted in a shift of couple's consumption towards the single woman's basket, while fracking led to an increase in prevalently male goods.


Rania Gihleb is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and an IZA Research Affiliate. Her research focuses on economics of the family and labor economics. Rania Gihleb obtained a PhD in Economics at Boston University in May 2014. She received a Master degree in Economics from the University of Tel Aviv, and a B.A. degree in Economics from the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yafo.


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