Empowering women? Inheritance rights, female education and dowry payments in India

Roy, Sanchari (2015) Empowering women? Inheritance rights, female education and dowry payments in India. Journal of Development Economics, 114. pp. 233-251. ISSN 0304-3878

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Abstract

This paper examines the impact of gender-progressive reforms to the inheritance law in India on women's outcomes. Despite stipulating that daughters would have equal shares as sons in ancestral property, I find that the reform failed to increase the actual likelihood of women inheriting property. Instead, parents appear to be “gifting” their share of land to their sons in order to circumvent the law. However, parents also appear to be compensating their daughters for such disinheritance by giving them alternative transfers in the form of either higher dowries or more education following the reform.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 08:42
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 08:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58731
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