Gender is rarely taken into account in analyses of the distribution of wealth, and the evidence on women's ownership of wealth is surprisingly scarce. It is important to examine the distribution of wealth by gender because gender is one important dimension along which inequality exists. In addition, women and men may use their wealth, and the income that it generates, differently and this may have consequences for household well-being and the larger society. Wealth also is related to power - both economic and political power - and asset ownership is related to increased empowerment and well-being.
This collection focuses on documenting the gender distribution of wealth and addressing how and why it matters within a variety of geographical contexts. Including historical, comparative, analytical, and policy-oriented work, the essays:
conceptualize how we think about and measure asset ownership
analyze wealth as a measure of bargaining power within households
examine different marital regimes and their implications for the dynamic of wealth accumulation
take into account differences of race, ethnicity, and social class
consider the role of the state in reducing inequalities in wealth and assets by gender and class.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Feminist Economics.
Carmen Diana Deere is Professor of Food and Resource Economics and Latin American Studies and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Cheryl R. Doss is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the MA program in International Relations, the Associate Chair of the International Affairs Council and a Lecturer in Economics at Yale University.
1. The Gender Asset Gap: What Do We Know and Why Does it Matter? 2. Qui Bono?: The 1870 British Married Women's Property Act, Bargaining Power, and the Distribution of Resources Within Marriage 3. Crippled Capitalists: The Inscription of Economic Dependence and the Challenge of Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth Century America 4. 'The Widow, the Clergyman, and the Reckless': Women Investors in England, 1830-1914 5. Gender, Marriage, and Asset Accumulation in the United States 6. The Wealth of Single Females: Marital Status and Parenthood in the Asset Accumulation of Young Baby Boomers in the United States 7. Moving beyond the Gender Wealth Gap: On Gender, Class, Ethnicity, and Wealth Inequalities in the UK 8. Household Bargaining Over Wealth and the Adequacy of Women's Retirement Incomes in New Zealand 9. Assets in Intrahousehold Bargaining among Women Workers in Colombia's Cut-flower Industry 10. Joint Titling: A Win-Win Policy?: Gender and Property Rights in Urban Informal Settlements in India