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Human Capital Attainment and Gender Empowerment: The Kerala Paradox


  • Aparna Mitra
  • Pooja Singh


The State of Kerala in southwestern India shows the highest gender development index in the country. Despite having the highest literacy rate and educational achievements of women, the suicide rate among females is very high, and domestic violence committed against women is increasing every year in Kerala. This article attempts to analyze the demographic, social, and cultural changes that are occurring in order to understand this apparent paradox of high human capital attainment and high violence and suicides experienced by women in Kerala. Copyright (c) 2007 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Aparna Mitra & Pooja Singh, 2007. "Human Capital Attainment and Gender Empowerment: The Kerala Paradox," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 88(5), pages 1227-1242.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:88:y:2007:i:5:p:1227-1242

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