Do Shocks Affect Men's and Women's Assets Differently? Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda

32 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Agnes R. Quisumbing

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Neha Kumar

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Julia Behrman

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

Using panel data, this article tests whether shocks affect men's and women's assets differently in Bangladesh and Uganda. Across countries, covariate and idiosyncratic shocks have different effects on men's, women's and jointly owned assets. Jointly held land and assets were better insured against food price increases in Bangladesh, unlike jointly held assets and wives’ assets in Uganda. Weather shocks affect husbands’ and wives’ assets differently in both countries. Reflecting contextual differences, illness shocks negatively affected wives’ land in Bangladesh, while death reduced husbands’ non‐land assets. In Uganda, fuel price increases eroded husbands’ landholdings, while drought shocks reduced wives’ assets. Ugandan husbands’ assets were better protected against covariate shocks than wives’ assets.

Keywords: assets, Bangladesh, gender, shocks, Uganda

Suggested Citation

Quisumbing, Agnes R. and Kumar, Neha and Behrman, Julia, Do Shocks Affect Men's and Women's Assets Differently? Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda (January 2018). Development Policy Review, Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 3-34, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12235

Agnes R. Quisumbing (Contact Author)

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Neha Kumar

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Julia Behrman

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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