Women's Empowerment in Ecuador: Differentiating the Impact of Two Interventions

Juan Ponce, Jesus Ramos-Martin*, Ruthy Intriago

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This paper analyses the impact of two interventions on women's empowerment in Ecuador using an experimental design. Women's empowerment is operationalized by using two metrics: first, the participation of women in the decision process at household level and, second, the disagreements between men and women in the decision process. We find negative effects of both interventions on women's participation on the decision-making process at household level. However, we do find positive effects on disagreements regarding women's work and use of contraceptives, as well as positive effects of vouchers on disagreements on large food purchases and large assets purchases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-287
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of International Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Ecuador
  • cash transfer
  • empowerment
  • experimental design


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