Intra-household bargaining over household technology adoption

Sandeep Mohapatra, Leo Simon

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We examine the barriers to adoption of improved cook stoves (ICSs) in rural India, using a large, nationally representative dataset. We develop a collective household model to derive testable hypotheses about whether women’s intra-household influence, together with their relatively strong marginal preference for ICSs, affects adoption. Using a joint adoption-influence econometric model, we find compelling evidence that women’s influence over intra-household decisions significantly increases adoption. We further distinguish between alternative sources of women’s influence, and argue that our distinction has potential implications for ICS dissemination policies. We find that while there is significant variation in women’s influence across rural India due to cultural and other sociological factors, the effect of intra-household influence on adoption has a significant bargaining power component. Our results suggest that ICS programs may be able to increase adoption by marketing stoves in ways that empower women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1290
Number of pages28
JournalReview of Economics of the Household
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bargaining power
  • Collective household model
  • Development
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Stochastic threshold ordered probit

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