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Women’s Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India

Women’s Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India Abstract: We use inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals to assess the impact of changes in the Hindu Succession Act that grant daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property that were denied to daughters in the past. We show that the amendment significantly increased daughters’ likelihood to inherit land, but that even after the amendment, substantial bias persists. Our results also indicate a robust increase in educational attainment of daughters, suggesting an alternative channel of wealth transfer. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Women’s Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 48 (1) – Jan 31, 2013

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Abstract: We use inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals to assess the impact of changes in the Hindu Succession Act that grant daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property that were denied to daughters in the past. We show that the amendment significantly increased daughters’ likelihood to inherit land, but that even after the amendment, substantial bias persists. Our results also indicate a robust increase in educational attainment of daughters, suggesting an alternative channel of wealth transfer.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jan 31, 2013

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