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Towards Gender Equity in Development

Siwan Anderson, Lori Beaman, and Jean-Philippe Platteau


As a result of widespread mistreatment and overt discrimination in all dimensions of their lives, women lack significant autonomy. The central preoccupation of this book is to explore key sources of female empowerment and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for the future. Schematically, three main domains are distinguished. The first is marriage and women’s relative bargaining position within the household. Since in developing countries marriage is essentially universal and generally arranged by the parents, women have little say in the choice of their partner and largely depend ... More

Keywords: female empowerment, marriage, female well-being, discriminatory laws and cultural norms, social norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Siwan Anderson, editor
Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada

Lori Beaman, editor
Associate Professor, Northwestern University, USA

Jean-Philippe Platteau, editor
Professor, University of Namur, Belgium

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1 Introduction

Siwan Anderson, Lori Beaman, and Jean-Philippe Platteau

Part I Marriage

2 Marital Trajectories, Women’s Autonomy, and Women’s Well-Being in Senegal

Sylvie Lambert, Dominique van de Walle, and Paola Villar1

3 Making Marriages Last

Rebecca L. Thornton and Hans-Peter Kohler1

4 Intra-Household Bargaining in Poor Countries

Jean-Marie Baland and Roberta Ziparo

6 Bride Price and the Well-Being of Women

Sara Lowes and Nathan Nunn1

Part II Outside Options

7 Reducing Early Pregnancy in Low-Income Countries

Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Amina Mohamed Maalim, Vincent Somville, and Bertil Tungodden1

8 Breaking the Metal Ceiling

Francisco Campos, Markus Goldstein, Laura McGorman, Ana Maria Munoz Boudet, and Obert Pimhidzai1

9 Career Dynamics and Gender Gaps Among Employees in the Microfinance Sector

Ina Ganguli, Ricardo Hausmann, and Martina Viarengo1

10 Why Do Women Co-Operate More in Women’s Groups?

James D. Fearon and Macartan Humphreys1

Part III Laws and Cultural Norms

12 Governance and the Reversal of Women’s Rights

Jocelyn Viterna, José Santos Guardado Bautista, Silvia Ivette Juarez Barrios, and Alba Evelyn Cortez1

15 Eradicating Women-Hurting Customs

Jean-Philippe Platteau*, Giulia Camilotti* and Emmanuelle Auriol**

17 Excess Female Mortality in Africa

Siwan Anderson and Debraj Ray

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