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Mothers-in-law and son preference in India

Robitaille, Marie-Claire; Chatterjee, Ishita

Authors

Marie-Claire Robitaille Marie-Claire.Robitaille-Blanchet@nottingham.edu.cn

Ishita Chatterjee



Abstract

In India, the mothers-in-law are often portrayed as the most powerful entity in the household in Indian popular culture and media. Similarly, in the literature, the influence of the Indian mothers-in-law is often taken for granted. However, most of the empirical evidence relies on qualitative data or on small samples. Looking at stated son preference and using the third nationally representative National Family and Health Survey dataset, we show that mothers-in-law do indeed have an influence on their daughter-in-law, everything else constant. Given the stronger son preference among mothers-in-law, this contributes to the high imbalance in the male to female sex-ratio observed among children in India.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 11, 2017
Journal Economic and Political Weekly
Electronic ISSN 2349-8846
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 6
APA6 Citation Robitaille, M., & Chatterjee, I. (2017). Mothers-in-law and son preference in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 52(6),
Keywords Mothers-in-Law
Son Preference
India
Publisher URL http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/6/special-articles/mothers-law-and-son-preference-india.html
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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