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Towards Gender Equity in Development

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As a result of widespread mistreatment and overt discrimination, women in the developing world often lack autonomy. Towards Gender Equity in Development brings together leading scholars working on gender issues to explore key sources of female empowerment and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for the future.

Exploring three key domains, this book adopts a clear multi-disciplinary approach to present different perspectives from gender-focused economics and social research. It covers marriage and women's relative bargaining position within the household; the options available to women outside of marriage and in the context of their community; and overarching discriminatory laws and cultural norms. It engages with questions of how marriage, divorce, and remarriage practices have evolved and with what effects for women; how female empowerment can benefit from improving options and economic and collective action opportunities; and how the government can act as a lawmaker to contribute to modifying norms and practices that disadvantage women.

Table of contents
  1. 1. Introduction
    Siwan Anderson, Lori Beaman and Jean-Philippe Platteau
  2. Part I: Marriage
    2. Marital trajectories and women's wellbeing in Senegal
    Sylvie Lambert, Dominique van de Walle and Paola Villar
    More Working Paper | Marital trajectories and women’s wellbeing in Senegal
  3. 3. Making marriages last: Trust is good, but credible information is better
    Rebecca L. Thornton and Hans-Peter Kohler
    More Working Paper | Making marriages last: trust is good, but credible information is better
  4. 4. Intra-household bargaining in poor countries
    Jean-Marie Baland and Roberta Ziparo
    More Working Paper | Intra-household bargaining in poor countries
  5. 5. Forced migration and attitudes towards domestic violence: Evidence from Turkey
    Selim Gulesci
    More Working Paper | Forced migration and attitudes towards domestic violence
  6. 6. Bride price and the wellbeing of women
    Sara Lowes and Nathan Nunn
    More Working Paper | Bride price and the wellbeing of women
  7. Part II: Outside Options
    7. Reducing early pregnancy in low-income countries: A literature review and new evidence
    Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Amina Mohamed Maalim, Vincent Somville and Bertil Tungodden
    More Working Paper | Reducing early pregnancy in low-income countries
  8. 8. Breaking the metal ceiling: Female entrepreneurs who succeed in male-dominated sectors
    Francisco Campos, Markus Goldstein, Laura McGorman, Ana Maria Munoz Boudet and Obert Pimhidzai
    More Working Paper | Breaking the metal ceiling
  9. 9. Career dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
    Ina Ganguli, Ricardo Hausmann and Martina Viarengo
    More Working Paper | Career dynamics and gender gaps among employees in the microfinance sector
  10. 10. Why do women co-operate more in women's groups?
    James D. Fearon and Macartan Humphreys
    More Working Paper | Why do women co-operate more in women’s groups?
  11. 11. The impact of social mobilization on health service delivery and health outcomes: Evidence from rural Pakistan
    Xavier Giné, Salma Khalid and Ghazala Mansuri
    More Working Paper | The impact of social mobilization on health service delivery and health outcomes
  12. Part III: Laws and Cultural Norms
    12. Governance and the reversal of women's rights: The case of abortion in El Salvador
    Jocelyn Viterna, Jose Santos Guardado Bautista, Silvia Ivette Juarez Barrios and Alba Evelyn Cortez
    More Working Paper | Governance and the reversal of women’s rights
  13. 13. Gender, Islam, and law
    John R. Bowen
    More Working Paper | Gender, Islam, and law
  14. 14. The effect of China's One Child Policy on sex selection, family size, and the school enrolment of daughters
    Nancy Qian
    More Working Paper | The effect of China’s One Child Policy on sex selection, family size, and the school enrolment of daughters
  15. 15. Eradicating women-hurting customs: What role for social engineering?
    Jean-Philippe Platteau, Guilia Camilotti and Emmanuelle Auriol
    More Working Paper | Eradicating women-hurting customs
  16. 16. Are caste categories misleading? The relationship between gender and jati in three Indian states
    Shareen Joshi, Nishtha Kochhar and Vijayendra Rao
    More Working Paper | Are caste categories misleading?
  17. 17. Excess female mortality in Africa
    Siwan Anderson and Debraj Ray
    More Working Paper | Excess female mortality in Africa
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