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Gender-Neutral Inheritance Laws, Family Structure, and Women’s Status in India

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2211
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A. World Bank Economic Review
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Mookerjee, Sulagna
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2020-12-04T20:02:30Z
dc.date.available
2020-12-04T20:02:30Z
dc.date.issued
2019-06
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2021-04-23T14:02:10Z
dc.description.abstract
This paper examines whether economic empowerment of women improves their autonomy within their marital household, and investigates the mechanism, by exploiting variation from a legal reform aimed at improving women’s inheritance rights in India. Results suggest that the reform increased women’s participation in decision-making but at the expense of the older generation of household members and not at the expense of their husbands. Two channels are proposed to explain this phenomenon. First, this can be driven by a shift in the family structure from traditional joint families to nuclear households. Such a change is consistent both with the increase in women’s decision-making authority, which they can exert to move out of the joint household, as well as with men’s incentives, since men have weaker financial links with their parents post-reform. Second, even within joint families, the amendments empowered young couples at the expense of the older generation of household members.
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dc.identifier.citation
World Bank Economic Review
dc.identifier.issn
1564-698X
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/34875
dc.publisher
Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank
dc.rights
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder
World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo
dc.subject
FAMILY STRUCTURE
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INHERITANCE LAW
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INTRAHOUSEHOLD BARGAINING
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GENDER
dc.title
Gender-Neutral Inheritance Laws, Family Structure, and Women’s Status in India
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dc.type
Journal Article
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okr.date.disclosure
2020-12-04
okr.doctype
Publications & Research :: Journal Article
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Publications & Research
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1093/wber/lhx004
okr.journal.nbpages
498-515
okr.language.supported
en
okr.peerreview
Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative
South Asia
okr.region.country
India
okr.topic
Gender :: Gender and Development
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Gender :: Gender and Economics
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Gender :: Gender and Law
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Law and Development :: Law and Gender
okr.topic
Poverty Reduction :: Inequality
okr.volume
33(2)

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