That’s the theme of a special issue of the Development Policy Review, published last month. The special issue contains papers on:
- Widowhood and asset inheritance in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Amber Peterman,
- How inheritance is a gendered and intergenerational dimension of poverty, by Elizabeth Cooper and Kate Bird,
- Inheritance practices and gender differences affect poverty and well-being in Ethiopia, by Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing,
- Women, marriage, and asset inheritance in Uganda, by Cheryl Doss et al.,
- Intergenerational poverty traps in India, by my Sanford School colleague Anirudh Krishna, and
- Women and inheritance in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Elizabeth Cooper.
This is a very important topic considering that up until recently, we did not have good datasets tracking people over time. We had even fewer datasets tracking people and their children over time.