This project aimed to contribute to an improved understanding of
intrahousehold relations in poor rural African communities for more
effective poverty reduction and social justice, to test the economist
Amartya Sen's cooperative conflict model of gender relations, and to
produce advances in methodology by integrating qualitative ethnographic
work with survey data and the results of experimental economics games.
Following a description of the methods used, the preliminary results are
given in relation to the following research questions posed by the
- What gender gaps are there in achieved wellbeing of spouses and how
they are perceived?
- What are the contributions, perceived and actual, of spouses to joint
- How does household poverty relate to the individual power of women,
and gender relations?
- What patterns the bargaining power of spouses?
- What do experimental games tell us about intrahousehold relations?
- How far does the cooperative conflict model explain differential
wellbeing outcomes and gender inequality in a rural African context?
- What methods are most effective for studying gender relations within
Impacts and outputs of the project, capacity building and future
research priorities are discussed.
ESRC End of Award Report, RES-167-25-0058, ESRC, Swindon, UK, 13 pp.
Marriage, Power and Wellbeing: Full Research Report