household allocative system

household allocative system

the different ways in which household budgets are organized. The concept was developed by Jan Pahl (Money and Marriage, 1989). The households studied by Pahl were characterized by financial arrangements in which finances involved either ‘husband or wife controlled pooling’ of finances, or where the husband or the wife alone controlled money. These arrangements were found to be related to the socioeconomic characteristics of the household (e.g. total income, the relative contribution of husband and wife, educational background) as well as the degree of adherence to traditional patriarchal values (see PATRIARCHY), or more liberal ideals of sharing and equality.
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