This paper examines how women’s perception of the division of household assets between spouses affects long-term poverty and well-being in the rural Ethiopian context. It also explores the potential impact of recent legislation strengthening women’s property rights upon a divorce on household and individual well-being. Finally, it investigates whether perceptions of asset devolution upon divorce have long-term implications for schooling outcomes among children in these households. Findings suggest that women who perceive that their husband would get all the assets in case of a divorce also tend to perceive less control over their lives. More striking are the implications of perceptions of unequal divorce allocations on child schooling. The results show that, not only do children in households where divorce allocations favor the husband do worse compared to children of the same age, but girls fare even worse than boys in these households.
CPRC Working Paper No. 198, Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK, ISBN: 978-1-906433-93-2, 35 pp.