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

16 Pages Posted: 24 May 2014

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Florencia López Bóo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford; IZA

Maria E. Canon

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Abstract

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.

Keywords: cognitive skills, India, gender, caste inequality, children, Oaxaca

JEL Classification: I2, J1, J7

Suggested Citation

López Bóo, Florencia and Canon, Maria E., Reversal of Gender Gaps in Child Development: Evidence from Young Children in India. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8191, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2441487

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