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

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  • Klaus Deininger
  • Aparajita Goyal
  • Hari Nagarajan

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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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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 48 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 114-141

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:48:y:2013:i:1:p:114-141

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  1. Deininger, Klaus W. & Jin, Songqing & Nagarajan, Hari & Xia, Fang, 2013. "How Far Does the Amendment to the Hindu Succession Act Reach? Evidence from Two-Generation Females in Urban India," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C., Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 151432, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Marco Alfano, 2014. "Daughters, Dowries, Deliveries:The Effect of Marital Payments on Fertility Choices in India," CReAM Discussion Paper Series, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London 1413, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Siwan Anderson & Garance Genicot, 2014. "Suicide and Property Rights in India," NBER Working Papers 19978, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Sylvie Lambert & Martin Ravallion & Dominique Van de Walle, 2014. "Intergenerational Mobility and Interpersonal Inequality in an African Economy," PSE Working Papers, HAL halshs-00933975, HAL.
  5. Doss, Cheryl & Kim, Sung Mi & Njuki, Jemimah & Hillenbrand, Emily & Miruka, Maureen, 2014. "Women’s individual and joint property ownership: Effects on household decisionmaking:," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1347, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  6. Menon, Nidhiya & van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana & Nguyen, Huong, 2014. "Women’s Land Rights and Children’s Human Capital in Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 18-31.

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