The poverty and heterogeneity among female-headed households revisited: The case of Panama

Nobuhiko Fuwa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

49 Citations (Scopus)


Investigating whether female-headed households (FHHs) are particularly disadvantaged requires more systematic means of comparing poverty than are typically found in past studies. In Panama, while FHHs as a whole appear to be better-off on average, such results are somewhat sensitive to assumptions about economies of scale in household consumption. More disaggregated analysis reveals that particular segments of FHHs, particularly self-reported FHHs with common-law partners living in urban areas, are disadvantaged in both consumption and some nonconsumption dimensions. Thus less systematic analysis could fail to identify such 'pockets of poverty' that might deserve special policy attention. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1542
Number of pages28
JournalWorld Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Aug
Externally publishedYes



  • Female-headed households
  • Gender
  • Latin America
  • Panama
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this