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No 6/14:
Joint Land Certification, Gendered Preferences, and Land-related Decisions: Are Wives Getting More Involved?

Stein Holden () and Sosina Bezu

Abstract: We have investigated whether joint land certification in Southern Ethiopia has contributed to a strengthening of the perceived land rights of women and an increase in their intra-household involvement in land-related decisions. We use gender-disaggregated household panel data and generate indices for wivesí and husbandsí land rights attitudes and for wivesí involvement in land-related decisions. After controlling for endogeneity of land certification, using a Control function approach, we find that receipt of land certificate has strengthened wivesí awareness of their land rights. We also find evidence of an intra-household bargaining effect and an intracommunity social process effect that both contribute to stronger involvement of wives in landrelated decisions within households.

Keywords: joint land certification; gender; empowerment of wives; Ethiopia; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D03; J16; Q15; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, November 18, 2014

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