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CANCELED – Karlijn MORSINK (University of Oxford) – "The Power to Protect. Household Bargaining and Female Condom Use "

October 31, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Microeconometrics Seminar: Every Tuesday at 12:15 pm.
Time: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Date: 31th of October 2017
Place: Room 3001.
This seminar is canceled.
Karlijn MORSINK (University of Oxford) – “The Power to Protect. Household Bargaining and Female Condom Use ”

Abstract: Women may have a higher willingness than men to adopt technologies that increase household welfare, if women have stronger preferences over risk reduction and household public goods, or if they bear more of the costs of non-adoption. If adoption of a technology must be agreed upon by both partners, then women with low bargaining power may struggle to convince their partner to adopt. Introducing a version of the technology which is more acceptable to men, even if it is slightly less effective, may therefore improve adoption and welfare in settings where women have low bargaining power. Male condoms are a key example of a technology with chronic under-adoption. Female condoms may offer lower disutility to men than male condoms, although at the cost of marginally lower efficacy. We conduct an experiment in an area of Mozambique with high HIV prevalence, using survey data and high-frequency coital diary data, to test whether women adopt female condoms when given basic information and access. We find strong take-up among women with low household bargaining power. The findings have implications for HIV/AIDS programmes, and more broadly for considering the role of intra-household bargaining when designing technologies to improve household welfare.

Joint work with with Cassidy, R., Groot Bruinderink, M., Janssens, W.J.

Laurent DAVEZIES (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)
Arne UHLENDORFF (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)