Aspirations and women's empowerment: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan
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BY KATRINA KOSEC AND LUCIA CARRILLO
Do ambitious women tend to be more empowered in their households? Our recent study, published in Economics of Transition and Institutional Change (with co-authors Kamiljon Akramov, Bakhrom Mirkasimov, Jie Song, and Hongdi Zhao) suggests that the answer is yes—women with higher aspirations tend to be more involved in intra-household decision-making, and they and their spouses are also more likely to provide non-conflicting reports about what decisions each spouse influences. They are also more likely to marry partners with supportive attitudes towards gender equality and high aspirations.
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