Entitled to Property: Inheritance Laws, Female Bargaining Power, and Child Health in India

  title={Entitled to Property: Inheritance Laws, Female Bargaining Power, and Child Health in India},
  author={Shahadat Hossain and Plamen Nikolov},
Child height is a significant predictor of human capital and economic status throughout adulthood. Moreover, non-unitary household models of family behavior posit that an increase in women's bargaining power can influence child health. We study the effects of an inheritance policy change, the Hindu Succession Act (HSA), which conferred enhanced inheritance rights to unmarried women in rural India, on child height. We find robust evidence that the HSA improved the height and weight of children… Expand


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