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Widow Discrimination and Family Care-Giving in India


  • Yoshihiko Kadoya
  • Ting Yin


The purpose of this research is to address the lack of a region-wide view of widow discrimination in India, the home of 42 million widows. This study analyzed the household data collected in face-to-face interviews from January to March of 2011 in six major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. It was revealed that widow discrimination does not prevail across the nation. That is, this research did not deny the existence of traditional widow discrimination in some areas, but demonstrated that this phenomenon does not represent the whole nation if we focus on the widow's old age and the treatment by their family. Certainly, this research has some limitations, including the fact that the observations came only from cities. However, this is pioneering research, and more significantly, it addresses the lack of a region-wide view analysis of widow discrimination in India with an aging population.

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  • Yoshihiko Kadoya & Ting Yin, 2012. "Widow Discrimination and Family Care-Giving in India," ISER Discussion Paper 0858, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  • Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0858

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    1. Arunika Agarwal & Alyssa Lubet & Elizabeth Mitgang & S.K. Mohanty & David E. Bloom, 2016. "Population Aging in India: Facts, Issues, and Options," PGDA Working Papers 13216, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.
    2. Agarwal, Arunika & Lubet, Alyssa & Mitgang, Elizabeth & Mohanty, Sanjay & Bloom, David E., 2016. "Population Aging in India: Facts, Issues, and Options," IZA Discussion Papers 10162, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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