Kerr's paper accepted for publication in Journal of Human Capital

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Amanda Kerr, assistant professor of economics in the University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Capital. 

Her paper examines how the introduction of female inheritance rights implemented in four Indian states between 1986 and 1994 impacts the educational achievement and labor force participation of children 

She investigates time varying state amendments to the Hindu Succession Act of 1956, which provided equal inheritance rights to both male and female children. 

Using data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series for India (IPUMS India), she finds that children living in states that implemented reforms experience an increase in the probability of completing primary school and a decrease in the probability of participating in the labor force.

Performing a triple difference analysis, she finds that these results are larger for Hindu children, specifically Hindu females and Hindu children living in rural areas.

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