Fairness and Efficiency in Smallholder Farming: The Relation with Intrahousehold Decision-Making

Els Lecoutere*, Laurence Jassogne

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Agricultural households face collective action dilemmas when making decisions about investments in their common household farm and the allocation of resources and benefits derived from it. We relate intrahousehold decisions, as measured in a lab-in-the-field experiment conducted with spouses in agricultural households in western Uganda, with actual investments and intrahousehold resource allocation. Intrahousehold decision-making that supports cooperation and equitable sharing is associated with greater investment in the intensification of cash and food crop production, and more equitable access and control over income. Freeriding behaviour by husbands is associated with the intensification of cash crop production, but not with equitable sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-82
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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