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Child Gender and Parental Investments in India Are Boys and Girls Treated Differently?

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  • Silvia Helena Barcellos
  • Leandro Siqueira Carvalho
  • Adriana Lleras-Muney

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There is considerable debate in the literature as to whether boys and girls are treated differently in India. But son-biased stopping rules imply that previous estimates are likely to be biased. The authors propose a novel identification strategy to properly identify the effects of child gender on parental investments. Using data from a time use survey they document gender differences in childcare time which have not been studied before in developing countries. They find that boys receive on average 10% more time than girls. They are also more likely to be breastfed for longer, given vaccinations and vitamin supplementation.

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  • Silvia Helena Barcellos & Leandro Siqueira Carvalho & Adriana Lleras-Muney, 2010. "Child Gender and Parental Investments in India Are Boys and Girls Treated Differently?," Working Papers 756, RAND Corporation.
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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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