Lecture by Manoranjan Pal: "Intra-Household Allocation of Resources: A Regression Decomposition Analysis"

Date: June 11, 2013, 11:15 a.m.
Location: SAI, INF 330, R 509


Since most of the household level data are in the aggregate form giving only the total consumption of the household and not the consumption of the individual members, it is not possible to find the intra-household disparity in the consumption pattern among the members of the households. But if we are interested in finding the average consumption of fixed groups of members in the households then we can find it by using a novel technique which may be termed as “the Regression Decomposition Technique”. This technique uses the identity that the sum of consumptions of each group is the total consumption. This technique has been demonstrated in this paper taking calorie intakes of the households and the distribution of number of members in the groups for each household. The model reduces to Generalized Linear Regression Model (GLRM) after some modifications, and thus the standard techniques of GLRM can be applied. In this paper we first discuss the model and the method of estimation of the associated parameters of the model and then apply this technique to the 61st round NSSO data on consumption to see whether mean consumption of calories varies among male and female members of the households. When these estimates are compared to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) norms, it is found that there is no indication of discrimination against the female members in the households.

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