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Women's Inheritance Rights, Household Allocation, and Gender Bias

Nayana Bose and Shreyasee Das ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 150-53

Abstract: We analyze the impact of improved land inheritance rights for women in India on female empowerment by examining their educational attainment and the intergenerational effects of the reform. Using a difference-in-differences strategy, we find that the amendment to the Hindu Succession Act significantly increased education of women from landed households by 0.48 years. However, our results indicate a significant decrease in the educational attainment of children, especially boys of treated mothers. We attribute this decrease to treated mothers who are better educated and able to assess the higher opportunity cost of education for boys.

JEL-codes: D13 I21 J13 J16 O15 O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171128
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