Efficiency, Equity and Well-Being in Selected African Countries

  • Pia Nilsson
  • Almas Heshmati

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Pia Nilsson, Almas Heshmati
    Pages 1-8
  3. Measurement and Analysis of Well-Being and Vulnerability to Poverty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Almas Heshmati, Masoomeh Rashidghalam
      Pages 11-35
    3. Almas Heshmati, Masoomeh Rashidghalam, Pia Nilsson
      Pages 37-68
    4. Getu Tigre
      Pages 69-96
    5. Amedeus Malisa
      Pages 97-120
  4. Women Empowerment, Children’s Health, Caregiving and Access to Microfinance

  5. Dynamics and Determinants of Income and Efficiency Among Smallholders

About this book


This book addresses poverty and well-being, equity, and efficiency in selected African countries. The chapters focus on three main topics: studies in the measurement and analysis of well-being and vulnerability to poverty, women's empowerment, and the dynamics and determinants of income and efficiency among smallholders. The chapters in the first section examine poverty, well-being, and vulnerability to poverty, as well as social exclusion, with a focus on households in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Tanzania. They highlight the need to consider multidimensional measures of well-being and vulnerability to poverty, the need to address the distribution of vulnerability across different segments of the population, as well as the importance of developing public policies aimed at poverty reduction and promoting the well-being of the poor. The next section deals with issues related to women’s empowerment, including a multidimensional case study of women’s empowerment in Ghana and women’s access to microfinance services in Ethiopia. The final section focuses on dynamics and determinants of income and efficiency among farm households in Ethiopia and Uganda. Using a variety of methodologies, this volume provides a multifaceted approach to studying poverty and well-being in a diverse range of locations. As such, it of use to undergraduate and graduate students studying African economics or economics of poverty and well-being, and will be appealing to public policymakers and international aid agencies. 


poverty well being gender studies Africa economics inequality microfinance

Editors and affiliations

  • Pia Nilsson
    • 1
  • Almas Heshmati
    • 2
  1. 1.Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden

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