Dear SABE colleagues,

It is my honor to be in charge of organizing the SABE session at the upcoming ASSA meetings in Philadelphia (January 2018). It has been our tradition to organize a session that has a focused theme. The theme this time will be ‘New frontiers in economics of the household’. So far we have two proposed papers and have room for two more. I am hereby inviting you to send me abstracts for more papers that can fit into this session. Please send your abstract to by May 15, 2017. I am also looking for discussants.


Shoshana Grossbard

New frontiers in economics of the household

Proposal for a SABE session at the ASSA in January 2017


Maximizing income or equality? Experimental evidence from student and  non-student couple samples
Authors: Miriam Beblo, Denis Beninger, Luise Görges

We compare couples from student and non-student populations in an experiment where maximizing total couple income produces payoff inequality within the couple, or, in-couple inequality can only be reduced at the cost of diminishing total income. We hypothesize and present evidence that student couples are more inequality averse and thus less income-maximizing than non-student couples. Decomposition reveals that parts of the difference are due to shorter relationship duration and higher education levels. Beliefs about the partner’s decisions also differ significantly from observed behavior in both samples. Income-maximizing choices are overestimated by partners in the student sample and underestimated in the non-student sample.

Economics of the Household: Comparing outcomes before and after the “Review of Economics of the Household” started publication by Shoshana Grossbard


When the Review of Economics of the Household was founded in 2001 „household economics“ was rarely  considered as a field in economics. Has there been a change in the last 16 years? Have there been any changes in the content of related economics journals? Are certain topics in economics of the household covered more at length in economics journals than they would have been based on a pre-2001 trend? These are some of the questions addressed in this paper.

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