Jacob Penglase (University of Bordeaux) on "Consumption Inequality Among Children: Evidence from Child Fostering in Malawi"

Speaker:  Jacob Penglase - University of Bordeaux
  Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Sala Vaona

The share of household resources devoted to a child may depend on his or her gender, birth order, age, or relationship to their caretaker. However, it is challenging to determine whether parents favor certain children over others as consumption data is typically collected at the household level and goods are shared among family members. Recent work has inferred children’s consumption using household-level Engel curves for child-specific goods, but these studies are unable to identify inequality among children in the same household. I develop a new methodology using the collective household framework to study consumption inequality between different types of children. I apply this method to child fostering in Malawi, where 17 percent of households have a child who is living away from both of their biological parents. I find little evidence of inequality between foster and non-foster children, with the exception of orphaned foster children, whose consumption is 20 percent less than non-foster children.


Programme Director
Federico Perali

Publication date
July 16, 2018