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Title:Gender and the distribution of wealth in developing countries PDF Logo
Authors:Deere, Carmen Diana
Doss, Cheryl R.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/115
Abstract:Only recently has it been recognized that women may not share in the wealth of men, even within the same household or family. Moreover, there is growing evidence that the gender distribution of wealth matters. This paper first reviews the available evidence for developing countries on the gender asset gap and finds that it is significant. It then considers the constraints on women’s asset ownership with particular attention to the role of legal marital and inheritance regimes. The paper then turns to a more detailed examination of women’s land ownership in Latin America and Africa. The final section considers the impact of women’s land ownership on household income and welfare. – women ; assets ; gender inequality ; marital regimes ; inheritance ; land ; Latin America ; Africa ; law
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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