Inheritance Practices and Gender Differences in Poverty and Well‐Being in Rural Ethiopia

23 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2012

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Neha Kumar

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

This article examines the role of men's and women's asset inheritance in poverty and well‐being in rural Ethiopia. Data from the Ethiopian Rural Household Survey (1997, 2004, and 2009) are used to investigate the following. (i) What is the long‐term impact of gender differentials in inheritance on household consumption, poverty and food security? (ii) Are there significant differences in poverty and well‐being between male‐and female‐headed households? The most important finding is that it is the amounts of inheritance received, and not whether women inherit at all, that have the most profound impacts. The area of land inherited is particularly important for women's long‐term well‐being. These findings underscore the importance of women's rights to inherit equally with men.

Keywords: Inheritance, gender, poverty, Ethiopia, households, food security, well‐being

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Neha and Quisumbing, Agnes R., Inheritance Practices and Gender Differences in Poverty and Well‐Being in Rural Ethiopia (September 2012). Development Policy Review, Vol. 30, Issue 5, pp. 573-595, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2125688 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00589.x

Neha Kumar

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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