Title

Explaining the ambiguous impact of mother's autonomy on daughters' welfare in patriarchal societies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

women's autonomy, girls' education, patriarchal societies, household decision-making, Nepal

Abstract

This article attempts to dispel some of the confusion in the literature regarding the impact of mother's autonomy on daughters. Here we hypothesise that the impact of mother's autonomy varies by the extent of her autonomy. We test this hypothesis with respect to girls' education in Nepal. The results indicate that when the mother alone is making the decision it benefits her daughters, but this is not the case when the decision is made jointly with her spouse. The exception is families that have no sons, where mother's autonomy benefits daughters regardless of the extent of autonomy.

Recommended Citation

Self, Sharmistha. Explaining the ambiguous impact of mother's autonomy on daughters' welfare in patriarchal societies." Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement 35, no. 4 (2014): 579-589."

DOI for the article

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2014.960373

Department

Economics

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