Gender Discrimination in Property Rights

Casari, Marco ; Lisciandra, Maurizio (2013) Gender Discrimination in Property Rights. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche DSE, p. 31. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3901. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (914). ISSN 2282-6483.
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Abstract

In the Middle Ages women in the Italian Alps had substantially more rights on collective properties than in the Modern Age. The documental evidence shows a progressive erosion of women’s rights and a convergence toward gender-biased inheritance systems. We tracked the evolution of inheritance regulations on collective land in the peasant communities of Trentino over a period of six centuries (13th-19th). Considering a panel of hundreds of communities, we provide a long-term perspective of institutional change. When population pressure increased, a patrilineal system emerged as a protective measure to preserve the per-capita endowment of collective properties within a community. This study raises general issues about the role of local level versus centralized decision-making in delivering gender equality and about the long-term trade-off between the protection of common resources and a healthy genetic pool at the community level.

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Monograph (Working Paper)
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Casari, Marco
Lisciandra, Maurizio
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long-term institutional change, land rights, endogamy, migrations, common property
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2282-6483
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11 Dec 2013 12:11
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10 Feb 2014 10:42
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