FEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILY WELFARE IN RURAL ECUADOR

Citation
Ds. Degraff et Re. Bilsborrow, FEMALE-HEADED HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILY WELFARE IN RURAL ECUADOR, Journal of population economics, 6(4), 1993, pp. 317-336
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Economics,Demografy
ISSN journal
0933-1433
Volume
6
Issue
4
Year of publication
1993
Pages
317 - 336
Database
ISI
SICI code
0933-1433(1993)6:4<317:FHAFWI>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
This paper examines the relationships between female headship status o f households and family welfare in rural Ecuador. We first review theo retical arguments for why female headship may affect family welfare. D escriptive analysis indicates that female-headed households are worse off according to a variety of measures of welfare. We then focus on ch ildren's school enrollment as a specific measure of welfare and estima te a multivariate model to assess the effects of female headship on th e probability of enrollment. We find that children in female-headed ho useholds are disadvantaged in this respect and that the effect of fema le headship varies across marital status categories of the female head .