Abstract

We use inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals to assess the impact of changes in the Hindu Succession Act that grant daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property that were denied to daughters in the past. We show that the amendment significantly increased daughters’ likelihood to inherit land, but that even after the amendment, substantial bias persists. Our results also indicate a robust increase in educational attainment of daughters, suggesting an alternative channel of wealth transfer.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-8004
Print ISSN
0022-166X
Pages
pp. 114-141
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-31
Open Access
No
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