Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, and Human Capital Accumulation: Second-Generation Effects from India
31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: November 1, 2014
This paper uses evidence from three Indian states, one of which amended inheritance legislation in 1994, to assess first- and second-generation effects of inheritance reform using a triple-difference strategy. Second-generation effects on education, time use, and health are larger and more significant than first-generation effects even controlling for mothers' endowments. Improved access to bank accounts and sanitation as well as lower fertility in the parent generation suggest that inheritance reform empowered females in a sustainable way, a notion supported by significantly higher female survival rates.
Keywords: Rural Labor Markets, Inequality, Agricultural Economics, Labor Markets
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