Control and Ownership of Assets Within Rural Ethiopian Households

This paper investigates how the control and devolution of productive assets are allocated among husband and wife. Using detailed household data from rural Ethiopia, the authors show that assets brought to marriage, ownership of assets, control within marriage, and disposition upon death or divorce are only partly related.

Fafchamps and Quisumbing (2002)



Logit, probit, tobit with 1995/96 and 1997 household surveys.Land titling.Land that women bring with them into a marriage as assets served as a strong predictor of their control over productive assets during the marriage, including the right to rent land.,420 households (23% female-headed).