Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective

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This publication provides national statistical agencies with guidance on collecting, processing, analysing and disseminating individual-level data on asset ownership (including dwellings, land and financial assets) for the production of gender statistics related to three objectives: 1) measuring the gender asset gap, or the differential prevalence of women’s and men’s asset ownership; 2) measuring the gender wealth gap, or the share of total wealth held by women; and 3) in households where more than one member is interviewed, understanding how asset ownership and wealth are distributed, by sex, within households. The publication introduces the concepts, definitions and data requirements for measuring asset ownership and control from a gender perspective and provides guidance on planning, organizing and implementing a household survey, or appending a module on asset ownership to a nationally-representative household survey. It also presents a set of indicators for monitoring women’s and men’s ownership and control of physical and financial assets at global and national levels, and it explains how data analysis can be employed to answer policy-relevant questions on asset ownership.




The Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective were prepared under the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project, which is aimed at accelerating existing efforts to improve the capacity of countries to produce relevant and high-quality gender statistics. Building on the work of the Inter- Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics, the six-year project (2013–2018), a joint initiative of the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), was carried out in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. The project was funded by the Governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America.


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