Women’s individual and joint property ownership: Effects on household decisionmaking

Cheryl Doss, Sung Mi Kim, Jemimah Njuki, Emily Hillenbrand, Maureen Miruka
ifpri discussion paper

In this paper, the relationship of women’s individual and joint property ownership and the level of women’s input into household decisionmaking is explored with data from India, Mali, Malawi, and Tanzania. In the three African countries, women with individual landownership have greater input into household decisionmaking than women whose landownership is joint; both have more input than women who are not landowners.