Working Paper

More Coffee, More Cigarettes? Coffee Market Liberalisation, Gender, and Bargaining in Uganda


  • Golan
  • J.
  • Lay
  • J.
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Focusing on intra-household allocation, we investigate the effects of coffee market liberalisation in Uganda. As coffee has traditionally been a male domain, higher income from this activity might increase gender disparities. In addition, gender-related inefficiency in household production might undermine the positive impact of improved incentives. Using data from three household surveys conducted between 1992 and 2006, we estimate Engel curves, coffee yield and labour input equations incorporating bargaining proxies. We find that income from coffee is increasingly pooled and therefore shared more equally among household members. Yet, we can only detect partial improvements in production efficiency: bargaining still appears to constraint output efficiency and the distribution of household resources continues to follow gendered lines. Moreover, female-headed households are deterred from entry into coffee farming mainly because of discrimination in access to land.

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JEL Classification
D13, D61, J16, O12, O13, O24

Key Words

  • bargaining
  • Coffee
  • Gender
  • Intra-household allocation
  • Market liberalisation
  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Uganda