Do Women's Land Rights Promote Empowerment and Child Health in Nepal?

Women's land rights are increasingly put forth as a means to promote development by empowering women and increasing productivity and welfare. However, little empirical research has evaluated these claims. I use the 2001 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey to explore whether women's land rights empower women and benefit young children's health. Regression models provide evidence that land rights empower women by increasing their control over household decision making. Regression models using nutritional indicators also support the hypothesis that women's land rights benefit children's health. Children of mothers who own land are significantly less likely to be severely underweight or stunted.

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Logit models for empowerment measure and decision-making measure with 2001 DHS data.Land titling.Women who own land more likely to have final word in household decision-making. Inverse relationship between women's land rights and children's malnutrition, a relationship attributed primarily to the additional income and resources that women's ownership of land brings, rather than the empowering effect of land ownership.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X070014164,884 women.