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

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The Fog of Entitlement

Women’s Inheritance and Land Rights

The study examines the experience of women farmers who lack rights to land and related factors of production, and provides insights into a number of conditions that hamper rural women's right to agricultural land. Further, it explores how inheritance practices disfavour women, and those women who claim land encounter many institutional and non-institutional constraints. In conclusion, the paper suggests policy and practice measures for women's economic empowerment that may facilitate the process of closing gender gaps.

A version of this paper was presented at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Washington DC, 8-11 April 2013. The paper benefi ted from critical reviews and advice from Diana Fletschner, Robert Mitchell, Gregory Rake, Anirudh Brahmachari, Santosh Kumar Jha, and Ujithra Ponniah.

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