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Land Reform and Welfare in Vietnam: Why Gender of the Land-Rights Holder Matters

January 28, 2014

Washington, D.C.

A matched sample of households from the 2004 and 2008 Household Living Standards Survey suggests that on balance, land-use rights held exclusively by women or jointly by couples have several beneficial effects, including increased household expenditures and women’s self-employment, and lower household vulnerability to poverty.