ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Women’s Property Ownership in India

Not in Her Name

There have been insistent calls for collection of sex-disaggregated asset data, particularly with respect to landownership, but the government's data collection efforts leave much to be desired. This article presents national level estimates of men and women's incidence of agricultural landownership for the first time, using the India Human Development Survey, 2011-12. Evidence shows that property in women's name is empowering and can have a transformative effect on their lives and of their families and children.

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