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Inheritance Laws, Educational Attainment, and Child Labor: Evidence from Indian States

Amanda Kerr

Journal of Human Capital, 2019, vol. 13, issue 1, 1 - 38

Abstract: This paper examines how the introduction of female inheritance rights, implemented in four Indian states between 1986 and 1994, affected educational achievement and labor force participation of children. Investigating time-varying state amendments to the Hindu Succession Act of 1956, which provided equal inheritance rights to male and female children, I find that reforms led to greater probability of primary school completion and lower probability of labor force participation for children. Performing a triple-difference analysis, I find that these results are larger for Hindu children, specifically Hindu females and Hindu children living in rural areas.

Date: 2019
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