Women’s Asset Ownership: Evidence from Georgia; Mongolia; and Cavite, Philippines

38 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2019

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Kaushal Joshi

Asian Development Bank

Hema Swaminathan

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore

Arturo Martinez, Jr.

Asian Development Bank

Mildred Addawe

Asian Development Bank

Christian Flora Mae Soco

Asian Development Bank

Date Written: February 26, 2019

Abstract

Since the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, significant global progress has been achieved in promoting gender equality in education and health. However, progress has not been as remarkable in advancing women’s rights on asset ownership and control, which is critical for securing gender equity in economic participation and opportunity, and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. Part of the problem comes from the lack of standards on collecting sex-disaggregated data on the topic. The Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) initiative aims to develop standardized methods and guidelines for collecting sex-disaggregated data on asset ownership. This paper provides rich inputs to the methodological guidelines being developed by the United Nations and development partners by drawing on the key findings from the pilot surveys conducted in Georgia; Mongolia; and Cavite, Philippines. Furthermore, survey results suggest substantive gender gaps in ownership across different types of assets and countries. These variations confirm the importance of understanding the social norms governing gender roles in society and legislation that can facilitate or impede women’s asset ownership.

Keywords: asset ownership, gender equality, gender gaps

JEL Classification: C80, J16, Q15

Suggested Citation

Joshi, Kaushal and Swaminathan, Hema and Martinez, Jr., Arturo and Addawe, Mildred and Soco, Christian Flora Mae, Women’s Asset Ownership: Evidence from Georgia; Mongolia; and Cavite, Philippines (February 26, 2019). Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 571 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3343988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3343988

Kaushal Joshi

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Hema Swaminathan

Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore ( email )

Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore, Karnataka 560076
India

Arturo Martinez, Jr. (Contact Author)

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Mildred Addawe

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Christian Flora Mae Soco

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

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