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Reversal of Gender Gaps in Child Development: Evidence from Young Children in India

  • López Bóo, Florencia


    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Canon, Maria Eugenia


    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

This paper provides unique evidence of a reversal of gender gaps in cognitive development in early childhood. We find steep caste and gender gradients and few substantive changes once children enter school. The gender gap, however, reverses its sign for the upper caste, with girls performing better than boys at age 5 but thereafter following the general pattern in India of boys performing better.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8191.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: May 2014
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Publication status: published in:Economics Letters, 2014, 124(1), 55-59
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8191
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