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Women's inheritance rights and time use: Evidence from Hindu Succession Act in India

Tanu Gupta ()

No wp-2022-20, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of the Hindu Succession Act on married women's time use in India. The Hindu Succession Act was amended between 1976 and 2005 by giving equal inheritance rights to women for inheriting property. To estimate the effect of the equal inheritance reform, I devise a difference-in-difference strategy by exploiting the features of the reform. Using the nationally representative Time Use Survey 2019, I find that women exposed to the reform are investing 46 minutes per day more in employment.

Keywords: Time use; Inheritance and succession; Women; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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