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THE GENDER ASSET GAP: WHAT DO WE KNOW AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Carmen Diana Deere () and Cheryl Doss ()

Feminist Economics, 2006, vol. 12, issue 1-2, 1-50

Abstract: Is there a gender asset gap? This article examines the evidence available on the distribution of wealth by gender around the world and asks why we do not know more. One of the contributions of feminist economics has been to demonstrate that household and individual welfare are not necessarily the same. However, relatively little work has been done that disaggregates the ownership of assets within the household to determine how asset distribution affects the gendered pattern of wealth ownership overall or how it impacts household decisions and women's well-being. As an initial step in this project, a number of factors are examined that affect women's ability to accumulate wealth, with emphasis on marital and inheritance regimes. Finally, the myriad ways in which the gender distribution of wealth is important are discussed.

Keywords: Wealth; assets; gender inequality; marital regimes; inheritance; intrahousehold bargaining; JEL Codes: J16; D31; P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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