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Land inheritance and schooling in matrilineal societies: evidence from Sumatra

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  • Quisumbing, Agnes R.
  • Otsuka, Keijiro

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This paper explores statistically the implications of the shift from communal to individualized tenure on the distribution of land and schooling between sons and daughters in matrilineal societies, based on a Sumatra case study. The inheritance system is evolving from a strictly matrilineal system to a more egalitarian system in which sons and daughters inherit the type of land that is more intensive in their own work effort. While gender bias is either non-existent or small in land inheritance, daughters tend to be disadvantaged with respect to schooling. The gender gap in schooling, however, appears to be closing for the generation of younger children.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series CAPRi working papers with number 14.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:worpps:14

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Keywords: Gender; Property rights; Education;

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  1. Deere, Carmen Diana & Leon, Magdalena, 2003. "The Gender Asset Gap: Land in Latin America," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 925-947, June.
  2. La Ferrara, Eliana, 2007. "Descent Rules and Strategic Transfers. Evidence from Matrilineal Groups in Ghana," CEPR Discussion Papers 6111, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. M. Casari & M. Lisciandra, 2013. "Gender Discrimination in Property Rights," Working Papers wp914, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  4. Komarudin, Heru & Siagian, Yuliana L. & Colfer, Carol J. Pierce & Neldysavrino & Yentirizal & Syamsuddin & Irawan, Deddy, 2008. "Collective action to secure property rights for the poor: A case study in Jambi Province, Indonesia," CAPRi working papers 90, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Payongayong, Ellen M. & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2004. "Are wealth transfers biased against girls?," FCND briefs 186, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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