Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, And Human Capital Accumulation

  • Date Published 23/05/2024
Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, And Human Capital Accumulation
Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, And Human Capital Accumulation

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.

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Inheritance Law Reform, Empowerment, And Human Capital Accumulation

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