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Role of Parental Literacy in Explaining Gender Difference: Evidence from Child Schooling in India

Kambhampati, U. and Pal, S. (2001) Role of Parental Literacy in Explaining Gender Difference: Evidence from Child Schooling in India. European Journal of Development Research, 13 (2). pp. 97-119. ISSN 0957-8811

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Abstract/Summary

Using the WIDER data-set from rural West Bengal, this article examines gender differences in child schooling, using indicators of school enrolment and attainment at the primary level. Among various factors studied, there is only weak evidence that characteristics of the older siblings and household resource constraint can explain this observed gender difference. There is, however, significant evidence that paternal and maternal education explain gender differences in both school enrolment and attainment.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:66260
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan Ltd

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