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Child gender and parental borrowing: Evidence from India

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  • Agier, Isabelle
  • Guérin, Isabelle
  • Szafarz, Ariane

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Discrimination against girls is well-documented, especially in Asia. We show that women try to level the playing field for their daughters by taking on debt. But wealth asymmetry between mothers and fathers perpetuates gender inequality across generations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 363-365

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:363-365

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Keywords: Gender; Discrimination; Debt; Children; Parents;

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  1. Schicks, Jessica, 2014. "Over-Indebtedness in Microfinance – An Empirical Analysis of Related Factors on the Borrower Level," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 301-324.

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