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Handa, Sudhanshu (1994). Gender, Headship, and Intra-Household Resource Allocation. World Development, 22(10), 1535-1547.


Household head as reported in household surveys may not always identify the main economic provider and decision maker within the household. Research based on this definition of headship may lead to misleading conclusions on the link between gender and poverty. Treating female headed households as a homogenous group can also be inappropriate. Results from Jamaica show that it is not female headedness per se that is associated with child welfare, but the absence of a potential female decision maker within the household.


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World Development


Handa, Sudhanshu