Family Decision Making and Resource Protection Adequacy

TitleFamily Decision Making and Resource Protection Adequacy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBabiarz, PD, Robb, CA, Woodyard, A
JournalThe Journal of Consumer Affairs
Volume46
Issue1
Pagination1
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, End of life decisions, Income, Methodology, Other
Abstract

This study examines the correlation between resource protection and the intrahousehold distribution of bargaining power. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, the analysis quantifies potential changes in the surviving individual's living standard to evaluate the adequacy of resource protection. Individuals who generate a larger share of family income, are more financially knowledgeable, or have the final say in family decisions leverage their bargaining power to secure higher protection of their hypothetical widowhood living standard. Consequently, spouses with more bargaining power are less likely to experience declines of their living standard in the event of their spouse passing away and are more likely to be overprotected.

Notes

The authors would like to thank three anonymous reviewers and the participants at the 2010 American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) Annual Meetings for valuable advice and comments. The usual disclaimer applies.

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Endnote Keywords

Correlation analysis/Studies/Standard of living/Standard of living/Decision making/Family income/Family income/Market research/Market research

Endnote ID

62856

Citation Key7696