Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11 November 2011: Remember when it Rained: The Illusiveness of Gender

Laura Zimmermann
University of Michigan

Indian girls have significantly lower school enrollment rates than
boys. Anecdotal evidence suggests that gender-differential treatment
is the main explanation, but empirical support is often weak and
seemingly inconsistent. I propose that this may be due to age-specific
forms of discrimination. I analyze school enrollment using rainfall
shocks, a plausibly exogenous source of income variation. Girls's
school enrollment is more vulnerable to rainfall shocks than that of
boys, with 6-10 year olds driving these effects. This is consistent
with young girls being out of school because boys's education is
prioritized, whereas older girls suffer from low perceived benefits of

Date: November 11, 2011
Time: 11:30 A.M.

Seminar Room 2
Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre,
7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (INDIA)


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