Maternal autonomy and the education of the subsequent generation : evidence from three contrasting states in India
Alfano, Marco, Arulampalam, Wiji and Kambhampati, Uma S. (2011) Maternal autonomy and the education of the subsequent generation : evidence from three contrasting states in India. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics. (Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS), Vol.2011).
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This paper makes a significant contribution on both conceptual and methodological fronts, in the analysis of the effect of maternal autonomy on school enrolment age of children in India. The school entry age is modelled using a discrete time duration model where maternal autonomy is entered as a latent characteristic, and allowed to be associated with various parental and household characteristics which also conditionally affect school entry age. The model identification is achieved by using proxy measures collected in the third round of the National Family Health Survey of India, on information relating to the economic, decision-making, physical and emotional autonomy of a woman. We concentrate on three very different states in India – Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. Our results indicate that female autonomy is not associated with socio-economic characteristics of the woman or her family in Kerala (except maternal education), while it is strongly correlated to these characteristics in both Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Secondly, while female autonomy is significant in influencing the school starting age in UP, it is less important in AP and not significant at all in Kerala.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Education, Primary -- Parent participation -- India, School age (Entrance age) -- India, Mothers -- India -- Mathematical models|
|Series Name:||Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Alfano, M., et al. (2011). Maternal autonomy and the education of the subsequent generation : evidence from three contrasting states in India. Bonn: IZA. (IZA Discussion Paper no.6019).|
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