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Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam

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  • Menon, Nidhiya
  • van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana
  • Nguyen, Huong

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Vietnam’s 1993 Land Law created a land market by granting households land-use rights which could be exchanged, leased, and mortgaged. Using a matched household sample from Vietnam’s 2004 and 2008 Household Living Standards Survey, this study analyzes whether land titling for women led to improvements in child health and education. Results indicate that female-only held land-use rights decreased the incidence of illness among children, increased their health insurance coverage, raised school enrollment, and reallocated household expenditures toward food and away from alcohol and tobacco. These effects were almost all stronger than in households with male-only or jointly-held land-use rights.

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  • Menon, Nidhiya & van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana & Nguyen, Huong, 2014. "Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 18-31.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:54:y:2014:i:c:p:18-31 DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.07.005
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