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

Deininger, Klaus ; Xia, Fang ; Jin, Songqing ; Nagarajan, Hari K.

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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.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: The World Bank
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date: 2014
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015
Number of Pages: 29
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Law
Controlled Keywords: Indien, Erbrecht, Empowerment
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indien, Erbrecht, Empowerment, Frau / India, Inheritance Law, Empowerment, Woman
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: India
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO
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