Henry-Lee, Aldrie; LeFranc, Elsie R-M.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
Private poverty and gender in Guyana and Barbados
Social and economic studies
Date of Publication
Much of the literature speaks to the 'feminization of poverty'. The plight of women and their continued disadvantage still remain on the international agenda. This paper contributes to the debate by looking at the relationship between private poverty and gender in Guyana and Barbados. Using data from the country poverty assessments carried out in the two countries, the importance of gender is determined. To provide more in-depth analysis of the issue, three poverty lines are estimated: the Food-Only Line, the Food-Plus Line and the Extreme Poverty Line. The results from the regression analyses show that the gender of the head of household was not as significant as expected. The 'gender factor' was at best uncertain and it was the investment in human capital (education) more than gender that determined and individual's placement on or below the poverty lines.....