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Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective$
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James B. Davies

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548880.001.0001

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Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries

Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries

(p.353) 17 Gender and the Distribution of Wealth in Developing Countries
Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective

Carmen Diana Deere

Cheryl R. Doss

Oxford University Press

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

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