Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53982
Authors: 
Lambert, Sylvie
Ravallion, Martin
Van de Walle, Dominique
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,62
Abstract: 
Using original survey data on Senegal that include an individualized measure of consumption, we study the role played by land inheritance, other bequests and parental background as influences on an adult's economic welfare and economic activities. While intergenerational linkages are evident, we find a seemingly high degree of mobility across generations, associated with the shift from farm to non-farm sectors and the greater economic activity of women. Male-dominated bequests of land and housing bring little gain to mean consumption and play little role in explaining inequality. Inheritance of non-land assets and the education and occupation of parents (especially the mother) and their choices about children's schooling are more important to adult welfare than property inheritance. Significant gender inequality in consumption is evident.
Subjects: 
inheritance
land
mobility
inequality
gender
JEL: 
D31
I31
O15
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-429-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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