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Mother’s autonomy and child’s secondary schooling enrollment in Mexico

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  • Tanika Chakraborty

    () (Indian Institute of Technology)

  • Prabal K. De

    () (City College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York)

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Abstract We extend the literature on female autonomy along two dimensions. We first develop a new, direct female autonomy index using survey responses of spouses to a variety of household decision-making questions. We then examine the effects of a mother’s autonomy on her child’s secondary enrollment. We find that our measure is consistent with some of the existing autonomy measures, and that higher autonomy of mothers is correlated with higher secondary enrollment for boys, but not girls. Our results are robust to a range of sensitivity tests.

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  • Tanika Chakraborty & Prabal K. De, 2017. "Mother’s autonomy and child’s secondary schooling enrollment in Mexico," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 1037-1053, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:15:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11150-015-9314-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-015-9314-9
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