Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90587
Authors: 
Trommlerová, Sofia Karina
Klasen, Stephan
Lessmann, Ortrud
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 147
Abstract: 
Although empowerment is seen as intrinsically important and instrumentally valuable to escape poverty, there is very little research on the empirical drivers of empowerment. Using custom-made household-level information and using advanced econometric techniques that also correct for endogeneity, we examine what empowers individuals in The Gambia to change their own lives and affect changes in their communities. We show that people’'s self-reported capabilities are the most important drivers of empowerment. We also show that respondents’' confidence that they will be the most powerful agents in their lives is higher for men, foreigners, people free of health limitations, and younger people.
Subjects: 
empowerment
agency
capability approach
The Gambia
correction for endogeneity
JEL: 
I30
I32
O15
Z13
Z18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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