Women’s Bargaining Power and Households’ Living Standards in West Africa: Evidence from Benin, Togo and Mali

  • Monsoï Kenneth Colombiano Kponou
Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)


This chapter examines the effect of women’s participation in household decisions on living standards. In the logic of cooperative theories, the chapter is based on the assumption that the cooperative decision-making process is beneficial for the household’s utility function. Data from the Demographic and Health Survey of Benin, Mali and Togo are used in order to evaluate the impact of women’s bargaining power on household living standards. Results from the study indicate a convergence of the empirical results obtained in these three countries and highlight the beneficial effect of the participation of women in decisions on the standard of living of households. In addition, it appears that variables such as education level, spousal age and place of residence have significant effects on the standard of living of households.


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  • Monsoï Kenneth Colombiano Kponou
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Managment, University of Abomey-CalaviCotonouBenin

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