Dr Cheryl Doss

Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics

Cheryl Doss is a development economist whose research focusses on issues related to assets, agriculture and gender with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 

Among her research projects, she co-leads the Gender Asset Gap Project, a large-scale effort to collect data and measure individual asset and wealth holdings for men and women in Ecuador, Ghana, and Karnataka, India. This research examines best practices for collecting individual data on assets and also quantifies women’s ownership of and control over productive assets. Currently, much of her work focusses on how to understand both joint and individual ownership and decision-making within rural households. 

Cheryl Doss works with a range of international organizations on issues including best approaches for collecting sex-disaggregated data, gender and agriculture, intrahousehold resource allocation, and women’s asset ownership. Currently, she is the gender advisor for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In recent years, she has also worked with UN Women, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, DFID , the Africa Development Bank, and the UN Foundation on issues of women’s asset ownership.

She has published widely in academic journals in economics, agricultural economics, and development studies.

Research
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Gender Asset Gap Project
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Survey design and data collection methods for gender analysis
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Analysing gender myths in rural development
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Cheryl Doss teaches for the MPhil in Development Studies, teaching Economic Foundations, lecturing on the core course, and offering MP1 Thesis research workshops.

Prior to coming to ODID, she taught for 17 years at Yale University, where she taught the core economics courses to MA students in the International Relations programme. In addition, she taught a range of courses including Research Methods in African Studies, Economics of Africa, and Food Security and Agricultural Development.

Research Students supervised

Doss, Cheryl (2014) 'Collecting Gender Disaggregated Data to Improve Development Policies', Journal of African Economies 23 (suppl 1) i62-i86

Books and monographs

Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak, Peter Little) (2011) 'Risk and Social Change in an African Rural Economy: Livelihoods in Pastoral Communities', Routledge

Journal articles and special issues

Doss, Cheryl (with Caitlin Kieran, Kathryn Sproule, Agnes R Quisumbing) (forthcoming) 'Gender Gaps in Landownership across and within Households in Four Asian Countries', Land Economics
Doss, Cheryl (with Caitlin Kieran, Kathryn Sproule, Agnes Quisumbing, Sung Mi King) (2015) 'Examining Gender Inequalities in Land Rights Indicators in Asia', Agricultural Economics 119-38 46 (S1)
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick) (2015) 'Collective Action within the Household: Insights from Natural Resource Management', World Development 74 171–83
Doss, Cheryl (with Chiara Kovarik, Amber Peterman, Agnes Quisumbing, Mara van den Bold) (2015) 'Gender Inequalities in Ownership and Control of Land in Africa: Myth and Reality', American Journal of Agricultural Economics 46 403–34
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere, Abena D Oduro, Hema Swaminathan) (2014) 'The Gender Asset and Wealth Gaps', Development 57 (3-4) 400-09
Doss, Cheryl (with Gale Summerfield, Dzodzi Tsikata) (2014) 'Land, Gender, and Food Security', Feminist Economics 20 (1) 1-23
Doss, Cheryl (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Allan Bomuhangi) (2014) 'Who Owns the Land? Perspectives from Rural Ugandans and Implications for Land Acquisitions', Feminist Economics 20 (1) 76-100
Doss, Cheryl (2013) 'Intrahousehold Bargaining and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries', The World Bank Research Observer 28 52–78
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere, Abena D Oduro, Hema Swaminathan) (2013) 'Property Rights and the Gender Distribution of Wealth in Ecuador, Ghana, and India', The Journal of Economic Inequality 11 249–65
Doss, Cheryl (with Mai Truong, Gorettie Nabanoga, Justine Namaalwa) (2012) 'Women, Marriage and Asset Inheritance in Uganda', Development Policy Review 30 (5) 597-616
Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak, Christopher B. Barrett, Patti Kristjanson) (2009) 'Are Development Priorities Shared by Community Members? Results of a Ranking Exercise in East African Rangelands', Journal of Development Studies 45 1663-83
Doss, Cheryl (with John G McPeak, Christopher B Barrett. ) (2008) 'Interpersonal, Intertemporal and Spatial Variation in Risk Perceptions: Evidence from East Africa', World Development 36 (8) 1453-68
Doss, Cheryl (with Andrew Mude, Christopher Barrett, John McPeak) (2007) 'Education Investments in a Dual Economy', Economica 74 351-69
Doss, Cheryl (with John McPeak) (2006) 'Are Household Production Decisions Cooperative? Evidence on Migration and Milk Sales from Northern Kenya', American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88 (3) 528-42
Doss, Cheryl (with Carmen Diana Deere) (2006) 'The Gender-Asset Gap: What Do We Know and Why Does It Matter?', Feminist Economics 12 (1-2) 1-50
Doss, Cheryl (2006) 'Analyzing Technology Adoption Using Micro Studies: Limitations, Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement', Agricultural Economics 34 (3) 207-19
Doss, Cheryl (2006) 'The Effects of Intrahousehold Property Ownership on Expenditure Patterns in Ghana', Journal of African Economies 15 (1) 149-80
Doss, Cheryl (with Hugo de Groote, George Owur, James Ouma, Lutta Muhammad, K Danda) (2005) 'The Maize Green Revolution in Kenya Revisited', Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics
Research interests:

Economic development; gender; household and intrahousehold analyses; gender asset gap; survey design.