Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93342
Authors: 
Bhaumik, Sumon K.
Dimova, Ralitza
Gang, Ira N.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7907
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 cash crop cultivation by a household increases with the extent of land owned (or de facto controlled) by males, and (b) and cultivation of cash 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, if women do not have access to complementary resources that are needed to generate income from those assets.
Subjects: 
female ownership of assets
informal institutions
cash crops
household welfare
JEL: 
Q12
O2
O13
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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