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dc.contributor.authorFernández, Raquelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-24en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-22T10:42:24Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-22T10:42:24Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/43461-
dc.description.abstractWhy has the expansion of women's economic and political rights coincided with economic development? This paper investigates this question, focusing on a key economic right for women: property rights. The basic hypothesis is that the process of development (i.e., capital accumulation and declining fertility) exacerbated the tension in men's conflicting interests as husbands versus fathers, ultimately resolving them in favor of the latter. As husbands, men stood to gain from their privileged position in a patriarchal world whereas, as fathers, they were hurt by a system that afforded few rights to their daughters. The model predicts that declining fertility would hasten reform of women's property rights whereas legal systems that were initially more favorable to women would delay them. The theoretical relationship between capital and the relative attractiveness of reform is non-monotonic but growth inevitably leads to reform. I explore the empirical validity of the theoretical predictions by using cross-state variation in the US in the timing of married women obtaining property and earning rights between 1850 and 1920.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) Milanoen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Global challenges 2010,57en_US
dc.subject.jelD1en_US
dc.subject.jelO1en_US
dc.subject.jelZ13en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWomen's Rightsen_US
dc.subject.keywordProperty Rightsen_US
dc.subject.keywordEconomic Developmenten_US
dc.titleWomen's rights and developmenten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn640464033en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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