Using a unique dataset from Uganda, which collected individual-level asset ownership data and women’s life histories regarding assets, this paper examines the relationships between inheritance, marriage and asset ownership. Land is the most important asset in rural Uganda. The majority of couples (both married and those in consensual unions) report owning land jointly. Men who report owning a parcel of land are much more likely than women to say they inherited the land. Inheritance is not an important means of acquisition of other assets, including livestock, business assets, financial assets and consumer durables. These items are acquired through purchase, for both men and women.
Doss, C.; Truong, M.; Nabanoga, G.; Namaalwa, J. Women, marriage and asset inheritance in Uganda. CPRC Working Paper No. 184. Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK (2011) 1-31. ISBN 978-1-906433-90-1