Gendered Perspectives of Financial Control: Source-Country Gender Inequality and Financial Decisions of Immigrant Couples


Max Stick, McMaster University

This paper has been selected by the Sociology of Migration Research Cluster for their Best Student Paper Award.


The financial decision-making patterns of couples is a commonly used measure of household authority and relationship power dynamics. Are there differences in who controls financial decisions, the man or the woman, among opposite-sex immigrant couples? Do immigrants from countries with higher levels of gender inequality report more patriarchal decision-making practices than immigrants from countries with more gender equality? This study explores the impact of source-country gender inequality on the decision-making practices of immigrant couples. The findings show that men from countries with higher levels of gender inequality are less likely to report as primary decision-makers when compared to men from countries with more gender equality. In contrast, women from higher gender inequality countries are more likely to report their male spouse or partner as the primary decision-maker. These findings contribute to the literature on the relationship between immigrants source country and post-migration outcomes and mens and womens conflicting perspectives of familial arrangements.

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