How Much Does Women’s Empowerment Influence their Wellbeing? Evidence from Africa

Author: Fielding, David

Date: 2013-04

Publisher: University of Otago

Type: Working or discussion paper

Link to this item using this URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/3920

University of Otago

Abstract

One of the eight Millennium Development Goals is to ‘promote gender equality and empower women.’ However, only 1% of official foreign aid is currently spent on gender equality and human rights. Using individual-level survey data from 39 villages in northern Senegal, we model the effects that freedom within the home have on married women’s subjective wellbeing. We find the direct effects on wellbeing to be of a similar magnitude to the direct effects of consumption, education and morbidity. These results suggest the need for a review of aid allocation priorities.

Subjects: wellbeing, health, women’s empowerment

Citation: ["Fielding, D. (2013). How Much Does Women’s Empowerment Influence their Wellbeing? Evidence from Africa (Economics Discussion Papers No. 1307). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/3920"]

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