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Reconsidering Gender Bias in Intra-Household Allocation in India

  • Zimmermann, Laura

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    (University of Georgia)

Detecting gender discrimination among children in the intra-household allocation of goods from household surveys has often proven to be difficult. This paper uses some of the commonly used techniques in this field to analyze education expenditures in India. Contrary to most previous research, I find evidence of discrimination against girls. Results at the all-India level are robust to the statistical method and the education expenditure measure, while they are more sensitive to changes in the analysis at the state level. In general, girls experience gender discrimination especially from age 10 onwards, with almost universal disadvantage in the amount of education expenditures in the group of 15-19 year olds.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5687
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