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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Disagreement in Partners' Reports of Financial Difficulty
Authors: Cobb-Clark, D 
Gong, X 
Venn, D 
Breunig, R 
Institution: The Australian National University
IZA Institute of Labour Economics
Publication Date: Jun-2005
Pages: 21
Keywords: material hardship
Household Finances
survey methodology
Abstract: We use unique data in which both partners report about household finances to demonstrate that there is often disagreement about whether the household has experienced financial difficulty in the past year. Four alternative explanations for this disagreement are tested using the data. The results indicate that disagreement may be related to the severity of the underlying material hardship rather than to gender differences, information asymmetries, or individual (as opposed to household) views of financial difficulty. This implies that standard surveys which collect information about the household's financial position from a representative individual may fail to completely characterize the nature of material hardship.
ISBN: ISSN: 1442-8636 ISBN: 0 7315 3590 1
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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