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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Dads, Disease and Death: Determinants of Daughter Discrimination

Existing evidence suggests that girls are differentially affected by income shocks and changes in bargaining power. Most studies, however, ignore household production and confound differential opportunity costs with changes in income or bargaining power. I disentangle these determinants of gender discrimination – preferences, income and time allocation – by comparing households with varying degrees of parental involvement. Results indicate that, controlling for household fixed effects, reducing the time available for household production has a disproportionately negative effect on daughters. But, for a transitory income shock, daughters’ education is less income-elastic. Increasing mothers' bargaining power is most effective in narrowing the gender gap.


Journal of Population Economics, 25(1), 119-149, January 2012.

Publication type: 
Journal article
Date published: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012