"Income Pooling, Decision Making and Living Standards within Households - Evidence from the 2010 Survey on Income and Living Conditions" Presented by Sarah Cantillon
A core assumption in conventional poverty measurement is that income is shared within households to the benefit of all household members. This presentation draws on the 2010 Irish SILC module to examine aspects of the household’s financial regime, including which household members receive income, the extent to which income is contributed for the benefit of other household members and responsibility for decision-making. The results show only small differences in income pooling by gender, but large differences by the person’s position in the household. In terms of decision-making, it finds that most couples share responsibility for decisions. Among the findings regarding the consequences of household financial regime were the beneficial impact of having income from work and of shared responsibility for decisions. Contrary to expectations, variations in the proportion of income contributed for the benefit of other household members did not have the anticipated impact on household and individual deprivation.
Professor Sara Cantillon is director of the Equality Studies Graduate Program at University College Dublin School of Social Justice. She has extensive research and policy experience, both nationally and internationally having worked as an economic advisor to the Department of the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), and been visiting professor at the World Bank at Senshu University, Tokyo, and at the University of Warwick, UK. Her main areas of research are equality, poverty, gender and intrahousehold distribution. She has published on these topics in top-ranking journals including Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Social Policy, Feminist Economics, Res Public, and Radical Statistics and has numerous co-authored books and policy reports for state departments and statutory bodies. She is the Irish expert on the EU Commission’s Network of Experts in the field of socioeconomic discrimination.