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Frustrated Freedom: The Effects of Agency and Wealth on Wellbeing in Rural Mozambique


Bart Victor


Vanderbilt University - Organization Studies

Edward F. Fischer


Vanderbilt University - Anthropology Department

Bruce Cooil


Vanderbilt University - Statistics

Alfredo Vergara


Vanderbilt University - School of Medicine

Abraham Mukolo


Vanderbilt University - Institute for Global Health

February 5, 2013

World Development, Forthcoming
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Research Paper No. 2220849

Abstract:     
In the capability approach to poverty, wellbeing is threatened by both deficits of wealth and deficits of agency. Sen describes that “unfreedom,” or low levels of agency, will suppress the wellbeing effects of higher levels of wealth. We introduce another condition, “frustrated freedom,” in which higher levels of agency belief can heighten the poverty effects of low levels of wealth. Presenting data from a study of female heads of household in rural Mozambique, we find that agency belief moderates the relationship between wealth and wellbeing, uncovering evidence of frustrated freedom.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: poverty, capabilities, agency, wellbeing, Mozambique, Africa

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Date posted: February 20, 2013 ; Last revised: March 22, 2013

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Victor, Bart and Fischer, Edward F. and Cooil, Bruce and Vergara, Alfredo and Mukolo, Abraham, Frustrated Freedom: The Effects of Agency and Wealth on Wellbeing in Rural Mozambique (February 5, 2013). World Development, Forthcoming; Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Research Paper No. 2220849. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2220849

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Bart Irwin Victor (Contact Author)
Vanderbilt University - Organization Studies ( email )
Nashville, TN 37203
United States
Edward F. Fischer
Vanderbilt University - Anthropology Department ( email )
124 Garland Hall
Nashville, TN 37235
United States
Bruce Cooil
Vanderbilt University - Statistics ( email )
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Alfredo Vergara
Vanderbilt University - School of Medicine ( email )
Nashville, TN 37232-0685
United States
Abraham Mukolo
Vanderbilt University - Institute for Global Health ( email )
Nashville, TN 37240
United States
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