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Property Rights in Women's Empowerment in Rural India: A Review

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  • Roy, Kartik C.
  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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This paper examines the importance of property rights in women’s empowerment in rural India. Arguments justifying the need for granting property rights to women are presented and the distinction is made between legal (formal) and customary (informal) rights. The ineffectiveness of legal right in absence of customary rights has been discussed. Customary rights also become ineffective due to other institutional impediments. These impediments have been discussed. The results of extensive field work in rural West Bengal and Orissa have been presented to illustrate the pattern of development process that poor rural women want and in which the property right is only one component, not the only component.

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Paper provided by University of Queensland, School of Economics in its series Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers with number 100038.

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Date of creation: Jul 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uqsese:100038

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Keywords: Gender Inequality; Women's Empowerment; India; Property Rights; Community/Rural/Urban Development;

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  1. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of Kiribati: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100031, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  2. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of the Solomon Islands: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100033, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  3. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C., 1999. "Gender Inequality, Development and UNDP's Social Valuation Indices: HDI, GDI and GEM with Particular Reference to India," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 91376, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  4. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C. & Ghose, Ananda, 1999. "Sen's Theory of Entitlement and the Deprivation of Females: An Assessment with Indian Illustrations," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 91375, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  5. Roy, Kartik C. & Tisdell, Clement A. & Ghose, Ananda, 2000. "Institutional Impediments, Entitlement Exchange and Women's Empowerment in Rural India: The Case of Access to Education," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 94399, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  6. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of Samoa: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100032, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  7. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C., 2000. "The Socio-Economics of Gender Issues in Rural India: Results of Interviews in Three Villages and a Forest Meeting in Eastern India," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100030, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  8. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "Asset-Poor Women in India and the Relevance of Amartya Sen's Analysis," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 91377, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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