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Child Gender and Parental Borrowing: Evidence from India

  • Isabelle Agier
  • Isabelle Guérin
  • Ariane Szafarz

Discrimination against girls is well-documented, especially in Asia. We show that women try to level the playing field for their daughters by taking on debt. But wealth asymmetry between mothers and fathers perpetuates gender inequality across generations.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/149094.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in: Economics letters (2012) v.115 n° 3,p.363-365
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/149094
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