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Hidden human capital: Self-efficacy, aspirations and achievements of adolescent and young women in India

Sanchari Roy, Matthew Morton and Shrayana Bhattacharya

World Development, 2018, vol. 111, issue C, 161-180

Abstract: This paper studies the role of non-cognitive skills like self-efficacy in explaining the education and employment aspirations and outcomes of adolescent and young women in Jharkhand, India. We find that self-efficacy is an important correlate of the educational and employment aspirations of these women, and ultimately, of their actual attainments. This suggests that such “hidden” forms of human capital may serve as critical targets for interventions aimed at altering young women’s educational and economic trajectories. We also examine factors that correlate with young women’s level of self-efficacy, and find that an “enabling” and supportive family and community environment appears to be important.

Keywords: Self-efficacy; Aspirations; Women; Employment; Education; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I31 Z00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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