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Do Kinship Norms Influence Female Education? Evidence from Indonesia


  • Anu Rammohan
  • Peter Robertson


Anthropologists have argued that patrilocal exogamy and patrilineal descent systems are associated with poor education and health outcomes for women. In this paper, we use the nationally representative Indonesian Family Life Survey to examine the links between female educational outcomes and kinship norm variables. Using an ordered probit model, our analysis shows that post-marital migration is associated with poorer educational outcomes for females, and that variables relating to a respondent's province of origin and the ethnicity of the respondent's parents are influential in schooling outcomes for females. Our findings accord with the anthropological literature, which finds that there is a link between gender-differentiated outcomes, kinship norms and ethnicity.

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  • Anu Rammohan & Peter Robertson, 2012. "Do Kinship Norms Influence Female Education? Evidence from Indonesia," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(3), pages 283-304, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:40:y:2012:i:3:p:283-304 DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2012.711303

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