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Type Journal Article - Journal of Development Studies
Title Women's property rights and gendered policies: implications for women's long-term welfare in rural Tanzania
Volume 47
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 1-30(
URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jds/2011/00000047/00000001/art00001
This paper evaluates effects of community-level women's property and inheritance rights on women's economic outcomes using a 13 year longitudinal panel from rural Tanzania. In the preferred model specification, inverse probability weighting is applied to a woman-level fixed effects model to control for individual-level time invariant heterogeneity and attrition. Results indicate that changes in women's property and inheritance rights are significantly associated with women's employment outside the home, self-employment and earnings. Results are not limited to sub-groups of marginalised women. Findings indicate lack of gender equity in sub-Saharan Africa may inhibit economic development for women and society as a whole.

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