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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-30
Women's Marriage Migration and Old Age Insurance Strategy in Rural Africa


How to protect old age is an interest of paramount importance for people in any society. While old age security is an issue for men and women alike in both developed and developing countries, it has a far more serious impact on the welfare of women in the developing world. This is not only because social security programs provided by the government are often in their early stages in less advanced economies, but also due to the fact that women in such economies are highly discriminated against in terms of accessing political and socio-economic opportunities. Despite the significance of this issue, however, there is little empirical research investigating what strategies women in the developing world are taking to ensure safe retirement. To fill this gap, this study aims to provide rigorous empirical evidence supporting the view that the marital institution plays an important role in providing security for women as they age; it will use long-term household panel data drawn from rural Africa to explore the relationship between the customary rule of land inheritance and the pattern of women's marriage. By improving our understanding of existing strategies, the study aims to provide policymakers with an appropriate theoretical background to assist them in addressing the issue of women in their old age.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KUDO Yuya


  • First Year: External academic journal (English)