Women's Schooling, Home Teaching, and Economic Growth

Posted: 28 Sep 1999

See all articles by Jere Behrman

Jere Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Andrew D. Foster

Brown University - Department of Economics; Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Mark R. Rosenzweig

Yale University - Economic Growth Center; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Prem Vashishtha

University of Delhi

Abstract

The hypothesis that increases in the schooling of women enhance the human capital of the next generation and thus make a unique contribution to economic growth is assessed on the basis of data describing green revolution India. Estimates are obtained that indicate that a component of the significant and positive relationship between maternal literacy and child schooling in the Indian setting reflects the productivity effect of home teaching and that the existence of this effect, combined with the increase in returns to schooling for men, importantly underlies the expansion of female literacy following the onset of the green revolution.

JEL Classification: I28, J16, O15

Suggested Citation

Behrman, Jere R. and Foster, Andrew D. and Rosenzweig, Mark Richard and Vashishtha, Prem, Women's Schooling, Home Teaching, and Economic Growth. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107, Issue 4, August 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=169389

Jere R. Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )

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Andrew D. Foster

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Mark Richard Rosenzweig (Contact Author)

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Prem Vashishtha

University of Delhi

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