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Title:Women-Headed Households and Household Welfare: An Empirical Deconstruction for Uganda
Author:Appleton, Simon
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Uganda
female-headed households
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Economics and Trade
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(96)00089-7
Abstract:The linkages between gender and poverty have been a major issue in discussions of the role and effectiveness of policy intervention in developing countries. This paper uses the first nationally representative household survey of Uganda, the 1992 Integrated Household Survey (IHS), to answer a question of central importance for this policy debate: what factors account for whether women-headed households are disadvantaged? The paper shows that the gender of the household head is not a useful indicator of poverty when measured by economic welfare. Nor does the extension of welfare measures to incorporate a social dimension indicate significant relative deprivation in women-headed households. The paper argues that the rough economic parity of women household heads reflects a counterbalancing of two different factors. First, gender inequalities in educational attainment disadvantage women in general and women-headed households ceteris paribus. Second, for some women-headed households, this disadvantage is offset by high remittance receipts. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.