What Works to Enhance Women’s Agency: Cross-cutting Lessons from Experimental and Quasi-experimental Studies

What works to enhance women’s agency: Cross-cutting lessons from experimental and quasi-experimental studies* Happy Women

Women’s agency is severely limited in many contexts, globally. Women in low- and middle-income countries experience less freedom of choice, control over one’s life, say in household decision making, and life satisfaction compared to men. Increasing women’s agency is crucial to reducing gender inequality and improving women’s outcomes in many intersecting areas. The ability to define and act on goals, make decisions, and participate in the economy and public life is in line with women’s agency. With the limitations of women’s agency around the world, there are methods to adopt a cross-cutting approach to analyze evidence across different domains and outcomes of women’s agency and centers around the understanding of tools and approaches that clarify intervention effects.

The report“What Works to Enhance Women’s Agency: Cross-Cutting Lessons from Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Studies” introduces quantitative evidence from 160 randomized controlled trails and experiments in low- and middle-income countries and summarizes how to support women’s agency. 

Written by Wei Chang, Lucía Díaz-Martin, Akshara Gopalan, Eleonora Guarnieri, Seema Jayachandran, and Claire Walsh, this publication is produced by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global research center that is working to reduce poverty. Read the working paper here >. 

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