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Women's Property Rights and Gendered Policies: Implications for Women's Long-term Welfare in Rural Tanzania

Amber Peterman

Journal of Development Studies, 2011, vol. 47, issue 1, 1-30

Abstract: This paper evaluates effects of community-level women's property and inheritance rights on women's economic outcomes using a 13 year longitudinal panel from rural Tanzania. In the preferred model specification, inverse probability weighting is applied to a woman-level fixed effects model to control for individual-level time invariant heterogeneity and attrition. Results indicate that changes in women's property and inheritance rights are significantly associated with women's employment outside the home, self-employment and earnings. Results are not limited to sub-groups of marginalised women. Findings indicate lack of gender equity in sub-Saharan Africa may inhibit economic development for women and society as a whole.

Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/00220381003600366

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