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Is It What You Inherited or What You Learnt? Intergenerational Linkage and Interpersonal Inequality in Senegal

ACCESS TO LAND ADULTHOOD AGE AT MARRIAGE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE BULLETIN CHRONIC POVERTY DEATHS DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIVORCE ECONOMIC INEQUALITY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES ECONOMIC RIGHTS ECONOMICS EDUCATED MOTHERS EMPOWERING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ETHNIC GROUP ETHNIC GROUPS EXTENDED FAMILIES EXTENDED FAMILY FAMILY LAW FAMILY MEMBERS FAMILY STRUCTURE FARMERS FATHER FATHERS FEMALE FEMALE EDUCATION FEMALES FEMINIST FIRST MARRIAGE FORMAL EDUCATION GENDER DIFFERENCE GENDER DIFFERENCES GENDER DISPARITY GENDER GAP GENDER INEQUALITY GENDER ISSUE GENDER PREFERENCES GENDERS HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDS HOME HOUSEHOLD LEVEL HOUSEHOLD SIZE HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS HOUSEHOLD WORK HOUSING HUMAN CAPITAL HUSBAND HUSBANDS INCOME INEQUALITY INEQUALITIES INHERITANCE INHERITANCE RIGHTS INHERITANCES KINSHIP LABOR FORCE LAND OWNERSHIP LAND PRODUCTIVITY LAND TENURE LAWS LEGAL REFORMS LIVESTOCK LIVING STANDARDS MARRIED MEN MARRIED WOMEN MOTHER NUTRITIONAL STATUS OWNERSHIP OF LAND OWNERSHIP RIGHTS PASTORALISTS PLACE OF RESIDENCE POLICY DISCUSSIONS POLICY RESEARCH POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER POTENTIAL USERS PROGRESS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION FOR WOMEN RESPECT RIGHTS OF WOMEN ROLE OF GENDER RURAL AREAS RURAL POPULATION RURAL RESIDENCE RURAL WOMEN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS SOCIAL NORMS SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSE STD TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES TRANSPORTATION UNIONS URBAN AREAS URBAN WOMEN URBANIZATION WIFE WILL WIVES WOMAN WORK EXPERIENCE YOUNG AGE YOUNG CHILD
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Africa | Africa | West Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Sahel | Senegal
2012-03-19T18:02:08Z | 2012-03-19T18:02:08Z | 2011-05-01

Institutional features of the African setting -- large extended families and imperfect credit and land markets -- matter to the equity and efficiency roles played by intergenerational linkages. Using original survey data on Senegal that include an individualized measure of consumption, this paper studies the role played by land inheritance, other bequests and parental background as influences on an adult's economic welfare and economic activities. Although intergenerational linkages are evident, the analysis finds a seemingly high degree of mobility across generations, associated with the shift from farm to non-farm sectors and the greater economic activity of women. Male-dominated bequests of land and housing bring little gain to mean consumption and play little role in explaining inequality, although they have effects on the sector of activity. Inheritance of non-land assets and the education and occupation of parents (especially the mother) and their choices about children's schooling are more important to adult welfare than property inheritance. Significant gender inequality in consumption is evident, although it is almost entirely explicable in terms of factors such as education and (non-land) inheritance. There are a number of other pronounced gender differences, with intergenerational linkages coming through the mother rather than the father.

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