Household Decisions, Gender, and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research

Household Decisions, Gender, and Development: A Synthesis of Recent Research

by Agnes R. Quisumbing (Editor)



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896297173
Publisher: International Food Policy Research Institute
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Series: International Food Policy Research Institute Series
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Agnes R. Quisumbing is a senior research fellow at IFPRI, where she leads research on gender issues.

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Table of Contents

List of Tablesvii
List of Figuresix
Chapter 1What Have We Learned from Research on Intrahousehold Allocation?1
Part 1Power and Resources within the Household
Chapter 2Power and Resources within the Household: Overview19
Chapter 3Intrahousehold Allocation and Gender Relations: New Empirical Evidence from Four Developing Countries23
Chapter 4Measuring Power29
Chapter 5Dynamic Intrahousehold Bargaining, Matrimonial Property Law, and Suicide in Canada37
Chapter 6The Importance of Women's Status for Child Nutrition in Developing Countries41
Part 2Agriculture and Natural Resources
Chapter 7Agriculture and Natural Resources: Overview53
Chapter 8Gender Differentials in Farm Productivity: Implications for Household Efficiency and Agricultural Policy61
Chapter 9Supply Response of West African Agricultural Households: Implications of Intrahousehold Preference Heterogeneity67
Chapter 10Commercial Vegetable and Polyculture Fish Production in Bangladesh: Impacts on Income, Food Consumption, and Nutrition73
Chapter 11Effects of Diet in Improving the Iron Status of Women: What Role for Food-Based Interventions?79
Chapter 12Intrahousehold Impact of the Transfer of Modern Agricultural Technology: A Gender Perspective85
Chapter 13Resource Allocation and Empowerment of Women in Rural Bangladesh89
Chapter 14Does Cash Crop Adoption Detract from Childcare Provision? Evidence from Rural Nepal95
Chapter 15Changes in Intrahousehold Labor Allocation to Environmental Goods Collection: A Case Study from Rural Nepal, 1982 and 1987101
Part 3Health and Nutrition
Chapter 16Health and Nutrition: Overview109
Chapter 17Mother-Father Resources, Marriage Payments, and Girl-Boy Health in Rural Bangladesh115
Chapter 18Household Structure and Child Well-Being: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal121
Chapter 19Adult Health in the Time of Drought131
Part 4Social Capital, Legal Institutions, and Property Rights
Chapter 20Social Capital, Legal Institutions, and Property Rights: Overview139
Chapter 21Social Capital and Gender in South Africa, 1993-98145
Chapter 22Gendered Participation in Water Management: Issues from Water Users' Associations in South Asia153
Chapter 23Control and Ownership of Assets within Rural Ethiopian Households159
Chapter 24Women's Land Rights in the Transition to Individualized Ownership: Implications for the Management of Tree Resources in Western Ghana169
Part 5Policies and Interventions
Chapter 25Policies and Interventions: Overview179
Chapter 26Public Policy to Improve Women's Status187
Chapter 27Microfinance195
Chapter 28Food for Education in Bangladesh201
Chapter 29Is PROGRESA Working? Summary of the Results of an Evaluation by IFPRI207
Chapter 30The Impact of PROGRESA on Women's Status and Intrahousehold Relations213
Chapter 31Subsidized Childcare and Working Women in Urban Guatemala219
Chapter 32Modeling the Effects of Trade on Women: The Case of Zambia225
Chapter 33Investment in Women and Its Implications for Lifetime Incomes231

What People are Saying About This

Christina H. Gladwin

I highly recommend this volume to anyone with an interest in development, be they experts or beginning students, as it answers the question, 'Why do gender issues matter?' Because the volume covers a broad range of very important topics in the development field, it can easily serve as a text in a graduate course in gender and development. In addition, it will pique the interest of economists who are cognizant of 'the new household' economic models recently popularized in 'A Beautiful Mind.' Its focus on research results and policy implications also makes a valuable contribution to the development field.

Jere Behrman

Gender is a central factor in household decisionmaking, which affects productivity, time allocation, and investment in developing countries, but there is considerable speculative rhetoric about gender roles. IFPRI has been a center for systematic studies of household decisionmaking. This volume, which synthesizes 27 such studies, is an important contribution that illuminates what we have learned and what we still do not know about the critical links among household decisions, gender, and development.

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