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Mother’s autonomy and child’s secondary schooling enrollment in Mexico

Tanika Chakraborty () and Prabal K. De ()
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Tanika Chakraborty: Indian Institute of Technology
Prabal K. De: City College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Review of Economics of the Household, 2017, vol. 15, issue 3, 1037-1053

Abstract: Abstract We extend the literature on female autonomy along two dimensions. We first develop a new, direct female autonomy index using survey responses of spouses to a variety of household decision-making questions. We then examine the effects of a mother’s autonomy on her child’s secondary enrollment. We find that our measure is consistent with some of the existing autonomy measures, and that higher autonomy of mothers is correlated with higher secondary enrollment for boys, but not girls. Our results are robust to a range of sensitivity tests.

Keywords: Female autonomy; Principal component; Education; matching; Disagreement; D1; I28; J10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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