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date: 21 April 2019

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This article examines the extent to which a regional government's ability to secure and enforce property rights for females in sub-Saharan Africa matters for a particular type of inequality—regional female income inequality. It considers the implications of a Hobbesian theory of government in which trust in its ability to secure and enforce property-rights matters for the distribution of female wealth and income relative to male wealth and income. With data from the Afrobarometer survey on households in 16 sub-Saharan African countries, the effects that trust in regional government has on the regional distribution of income for females relative to males are estimated. The study finds a positive and statistically significant relationship between a woman's trust in government and her position in the regional male distribution of income.

Keywords: property rights, regional government, women's rights, income inequality

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