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Title:Does women's status matter for food security? Evidence from Bangladesh PDF Logo
Authors:Razzaque, Mohammad A.
Toufique, Mohammad Mokammel Karim
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2007/79
Abstract:Using data from a survey of Bangladeshi households, this paper investigates the link between female status and food security. Employing three different indicators of female status – husband’s and wife’s assets brought at marriage, female share of household income and a composite index of women empowerment, the paper finds evidence of women’s status influencing food security. By raising the level of food security for some disadvantaged women’s groups female status is also found to be instrumental in mitigating the extent of gender-based within-household discrimination. The findings reveal that inferences drawn about food security by observing the changes in various non-food budget shares could be misleading or overemphasized.
Subjects:food security
women’s status
intra-household distribution
gender discrimination
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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