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Measuring subjective dimensions of empowerment among extremely and moderately poor women in Colombia and Peru: Lessons from the Field

Susana Martínez-Restrepo (), Johanna Yancari () and Laura Ramos-Jaimes
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Susana Martinez-Restrepo

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Abstract: In this think piece, we discuss our experience implementing quantitative and qualitative instruments, including subjective measures, to assess economic empowerment among poor women in Colombia and Peru. We conclude that in these specific cases, the instruments used to measure empowerment through subjective dimensions do not work for poor women. The difficulty these women have in understanding abstract concepts, their cultural definitions of decision making showed us that researchers should adopt different strategies when measuring subjective empowerment among poor women. This think piece is part of a larger research project aimed at comparing the pros and cons of existing methodologies to measure women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Keywords: Mujeres; Empoderamiento de la Mujer; Participación de la Mujer; Pobreza; Desarrollo Económico; Colombia; Perú (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 I38 J16 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 12
Date: 2016-09-30
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