Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, and Human Capital Accumulation: Second-Generation Effects from India

31 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Hari Nagarajan

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Fang Xia

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE); World Bank

Songqing Jin

Zhejiang University - China Academy for Rural Development; World Bank

Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Deininger, Klaus and Nagarajan, Hari and Xia, Fang and Jin, Songqing, Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, and Human Capital Accumulation: Second-Generation Effects from India (November 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7086, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2519301

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Hari Nagarajan

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) ( email )

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Fang Xia

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) ( email )

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Songqing Jin

Zhejiang University - China Academy for Rural Development ( email )

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China

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