Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130734
Authors: 
Bhaumik, Sumon Kumar
Dimova, Ralitza
Gang, Ira N.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Department of Economics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2015-21
Abstract: 
Our analysis of a rich representative household survey for Malawi, where patrilineal and matrilineal institutions coexist, suggests that (a) in matrilineal societies the likelihood of high value crop cultivation by a household increases with the extent of land owned by males, while the income generated from high value crop production decreases with the amount of land owned by females (b) cultivation of high value crops increases household welfare. The policy implication is that facilitating female ownership of assets through informal and formal institutions does not, on its own, increase welfare when appropriate complementary resources and institutions are absent.
Subjects: 
female ownership of assets
informal institutions
cash crops
household
welfare
JEL: 
Q12
O2
O13
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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