Women, Marriage and Asset Inheritance in Uganda

20 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2012

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Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Mai Truong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gorrettie Nabanoga

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Justine Namaalwa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

Using a unique dataset which collected individualā€level asset ownership data and women's life histories regarding assets, this article examines the relationships between inheritance, marriage and asset ownership in Uganda. Land is the most important asset in rural Uganda. The majority of couples (both married and those in consensual unions) report owning land jointly. Men who report owning a parcel of land are much more likely than women to say they inherited the land. Inheritance is not an important means of acquisition of other assets, including livestock, business assets, financial assets and consumer durables. These items are acquired through purchase, by both men and women.

Keywords: Inheritance, assets, women, Uganda, land ownership, marriage

Suggested Citation

Doss, Cheryl R. and Truong, Mai and Nabanoga, Gorrettie and Namaalwa, Justine, Women, Marriage and Asset Inheritance in Uganda (September 2012). Development Policy Review, Vol. 30, Issue 5, pp. 597-616, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2125689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00590.x

Cheryl R. Doss (Contact Author)

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Mai Truong

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Gorrettie Nabanoga

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Justine Namaalwa

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