Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries

Carmen Diana Deere and Cheryl R. Doss

in Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548880
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720765 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries

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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 study 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 study 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.

Keywords: women; assets; gender inequality; marital regimes; inheritance; land; Latin America; Africa; law

Chapter.  9103 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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