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Lecture Series: Gender, Asset Accumulation and Wealth in Ecuador

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Location
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Date
Oct 4, 2013   2:00 pm  
Speaker
Carmen Diana Deere, Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and Food & Resource Economics, University of Florida, Gainesville

In this presentation I argue that the study of asset ownership is important to the analysis of gender inequality as well as household outcomes.  Drawing upon the 2010 Ecuador Household Assets Survey, I present estimates of the gender asset and wealth gaps.  While the gender asset gap varies depending on the particular asset, Ecuador is characterized by a minimal overall gender wealth gap, a result that is largely explained by this country’s marital and inheritance regimes.  Further, our empirical work shows how women’s share of wealth is related to their household bargaining power and outcomes which are more favorable to them.

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