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The weight of institutions on women's capabilities

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  • Muriel Gilardone

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    (CALW - Centre Auguste et Léon Walras - CNRS : FRE2746 - Université Lumière - Lyon II)

  • Isabelle Guérin

    (CALW - Centre Auguste et Léon Walras - CNRS : FRE2746 - Université Lumière - Lyon II)

  • Jane Palier

    (CALW - Centre Auguste et Léon Walras - CNRS : FRE2746 - Université Lumière - Lyon II)

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to assess the links between institutions and quality of life, within Nussbaum's capability framework approach, exploring a relevant empirical issue: microfinance. Microfinance appears more and more as a tool for women's empowerment. Available results of impact studies call for circumspection; microfinance can free women from certain links of dependence. But microfinance can also forge new kinds of dependence and subordination, thereby strengthening the disparities between men and women, but also among women themselves.

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Date of creation: 09 Sep 2002
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Publication status: Published - Presented, Promoting Women's Capabilities: Examining Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach, 2002, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Keywords: microfinance; capabilities; institutions; Martha Nussbaum; Amartya Sen; women; empowerment;

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