The “Double Jeopardy” of Gender Discrimination in Household Wealth in Taiwan

43 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 15 Jul 2021

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C. Y. Cyrus Chu

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics

Po-Hsuan Hsu

National Tsing Hua University - Department of Quantitative Finance

Yi-Ting Wang

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics

Date Written: July 14, 2021

Abstract

In Taiwan, 64% of land is owned by men; in addition, males’ annual rate of return (ROR) of land is roughly 1% higher than that of females from the same wealth group. Thus, men own not only more but also higher quality land, indicating a phenomenon of “double jeopardy” for females. By applying a gender-composition test, we find that the gender differences in ROR appear only in bestowed land in families with children of different genders. This result supports the hypothesis that it is parents’ gender preference against girls that leads to females’ disadvantage in land wealth.

Keywords: gender differences; gender discrimination; real estate; land transactions; investor behaviors

JEL Classification: D14, G51, H20, R30

Suggested Citation

Chu, C. Y. Cyrus and Hsu, Po-Hsuan and Wang, Yi-Ting, The “Double Jeopardy” of Gender Discrimination in Household Wealth in Taiwan (July 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622802

C. Y. Cyrus Chu

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics ( email )

128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang
Taipei, 11529
Taiwan

Po-Hsuan Hsu (Contact Author)

National Tsing Hua University - Department of Quantitative Finance ( email )

101, Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road
Hsinchu, Taiwan 300
China

Yi-Ting Wang

Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics ( email )

128 Academia Road, Section 2
Nankang
Taipei, 11529
Taiwan

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