Gender and Asset Ownership: A Guide to Collecting Individual-Level Data

31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Caren Grown

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

Carmen Diana Deere

University of Florida

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

Ownership and control over assets such as land and housing provide direct and indirect benefits to individuals and households, including a secure place to live, the means of a livelihood, protection during emergencies, and collateral for credit that can be used for investment or consumption. Unfortunately, few studies - either at the micro or macro levels- examine the gender dimensions of asset ownership. This paper sets out a framework for researchers who are interested in collecting data on individual level asset ownership and analyzing the gender asset gap. It reviews best practices in existing surveys with respect to data collection on assets at both the household and individual levels, and shows how various questions on individually owned assets can be incorporated with a minimum of effort and cost into existing multi-topic household surveys, using examples of three Living Standard Measurement Study surveys: the 1998-99 Ghana survey, the 2000 Guatemala survey, and the 1997-98 Vietnam survey questionnaires. The analysis shows that it is feasible to add a minimal set of questions to enable calculation of the gender asset gap. Adding a series of extra questions will permit a more satisfactory and nuanced analysis of asset acquisition, use, disposition, and valuation - information that is critical for policies promoting gender equality, poverty reduction, and economic growth.

Keywords: Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Political Systems and Analysis, Politics and Government, Political Economy, Economic Theory & Research

Suggested Citation

Doss, Cheryl R. and Grown, Caren and Deere, Carmen Diana, Gender and Asset Ownership: A Guide to Collecting Individual-Level Data (June 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4704, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260131

Cheryl R. Doss (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Department of International Development ( email )

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Caren Grown

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute ( email )

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United States
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Carmen Diana Deere

University of Florida ( email )

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Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
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