Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142369
Authors: 
Bhalotra, Sonia R.
Chakravarty, Abhishek
Mookherjee, Dilip
Pino, Francisco J.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9930
Abstract: 
While land reforms are typically pursued in order to raise productivity and reduce inequality across households, an unintended consequence may be increased within-household gender inequality. We analyse a tenancy registration programme in West Bengal, and find that it increased child survival and reduced fertility. However, we also find that it intensified son preference in families without a first-born son to inherit the land title. These families exhibit no reduction in fertility, an increase in the probability that a subsequent birth is male, and a substantial increase in the survival advantage of subsequent sons over daughters.
Subjects: 
land reform
property rights
gender
infant mortality
sex ratio
fertility
JEL: 
I14
I24
J71
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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