Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Mukti P. Upadhyay


Wealth generated in a household unit is very instrumental to the economy at large through involvement in economic activities. A modest step to improving women's voices and participation in the society is to allow them a full range of choices. Consequences of limiting the rights of women is detrimental to households, communities and the economy at large. The specific objective of this study is to examine the association between women's autonomy and household decision making. I do this by analyzing the data from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. The methodology employed in investigating this relationship is the Ordered Probit regression technique. Major findings from the study reveal that a woman's current age, her education level, her occupation, her husband's educational attainment, her place of residence, her religion, her household wealth, and the region in which she lives affect her ability to make household decisions significantly. The study recommends greater education for women and increased female participation in the labor force as well as improvement of basic amenities in the rural areas.