Capability and women's well-being in Peru

Majumder, Amlan, and Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti (2009). "Capability and women's well-being in Peru" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

Empirical literature on women’s well-being within the framework of Capability Approach in Peruvian context is less extensive and less known. The present paper works out an wide range of indicators in five evaluative spaces reflecting well-being of Peruvian women in different dimensions of life, such as reproductive life, housing, education, autonomy, and leisure with the use of the fuzzy sets theory. It also does binary-multivariate logistic regression analyses to locate variations in the achieved levels of functionings with respect to a set of possible explicative factors, which include individual and household characteristics as well as social and environmental factors. The study utilises data from the Peruvian Demographic Health Survey (DHS) Continuous 2004 (Encuesta Demográfica y de Salud Familiar, Endes Continua 2004). By doing a comprehensive analysis the present study contributes some new knowledge and empirical evidence to the existing literature. This paper is an extension of the authors’ previously undertaken project on multidimensional assessment of well-being women in India, and later on which was generalised to assess well-being conditions of women in the developing countries utilising data from Demographic Health Surveys.
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