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Determinants of Monetary Poverty among Female-Headed Households in Benin

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  • Marie-Odile Attanasso

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This study investigates the impact of the gender of the household head on the determinants of monetary poverty in the Republic of Benin using data collected during the 1999 living standards measurement survey in the country's rural and urban areas. The results show that there has not been any feminization of poverty since 1995. In 1999, the incidence of poverty among female household heads was lower than that of their male-headed counterparts, but in some cities the poverty gap was higher. Based on these results, some suggestions are made in order to reduce the incidence of poverty in Benin.

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  • Marie-Odile Attanasso, 2005. "Determinants of Monetary Poverty among Female-Headed Households in Benin," Working Papers PMMA 2005-06, PEP-PMMA.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:pmmacr:2005-06
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    1. Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Maluccio, John A., 2000. "Intrahousehold allocation and gender relations," FCND discussion papers 84, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Jean-Pierre Lachaud, 1994. "Marché du travail et exclusion sociale en Afrique francophone : quelques éléments d'analyse," Documents de travail 01, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
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    Keywords

    Poverty; female-headed households; rural; urban; gender; education; Benin;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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