Publication Date: May 2014
In this paper we develop an approach to measuring inequality and poverty that recognizes the fact that individuals within households may have both diﬀerent preferences and diﬀerential access to resources. We argue that a measure based on estimates of the sharing rule is inadequate as an approach that seeks to understand how welfare is distributed in the population because it ignores public good and the allocation of time to market work, leisure and household production. We develop a money metric measure of welfare that accounts for public goods (by using personalized prices) household production and for the allocation of time.
Family economics, Collective models, Labor supply, Income distribution, Home production
JEL Classification Codes: D11, D12, D31, D63, H41, J12, J16, J22