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Female Land Rights, Crop Specialization, and Productivity in Paraguayan Agriculture


Thomas Masterson


Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

July 5, 2007

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 504

Abstract:     
Previous work has shown a pattern of lower household incomes for those Paraguayan farms with female landowners in the household. The study of agricultural production reveals that Paraguayan women specialize in livestock and dairy production, while men specialize in crop production. An analysis of crop specialization and crop yields finds no significant differences in yields among households along gender lines, although women appear to specialize in food crops. Finally, households with female land rights have markedly lower rates of return on agricultural production.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Gender, Economic Development, Land Rights, Farm Income

JEL Classification: D13, Q15, O54

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Date posted: July 12, 2007  

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Masterson, Thomas, Female Land Rights, Crop Specialization, and Productivity in Paraguayan Agriculture (July 5, 2007). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 504. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=998600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998600

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