Hidden Human Capital: Psychological Empowerment and Adolescent Girls'Aspirations in India

17 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2016

Date Written: August 15, 2016

Abstract

This paper studies the role of social-emotional or psychological capital in determining the education and employment aspirations of adolescent girls and young women in India. The study finds that girls'self-efficacy and mental health are important determinants of their educational and employment aspirations, suggesting that these hidden forms of human capital may serve as critical targets for interventions aiming to alter girls' educational and economic trajectories. The study also identifies factors that correlate with girls' level of self-efficacy, and finds that an "enabling" and supportive family and community environment appears to be important.

Keywords: Gender and Social Development, Labor Markets, Rural Labor Markets, Anthropology

Suggested Citation

Roy, Sanchari and Morton, Matthew and Bhattacharya, Shrayana, Hidden Human Capital: Psychological Empowerment and Adolescent Girls'Aspirations in India (August 15, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7792, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836539

Sanchari Roy (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

Matthew Morton

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Shrayana Bhattacharya

World Bank

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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