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September 30, 2005

TRC Alumnae Lounge, Main Building, CSB

Sharmistha Self, Economics

Exogamy and Bias against Daughters in Health-care Provision: A Theory and Evidence from Two Northern States in IndiaThis is a theoretical and empirical paper to analyze possible bias against daughters in the provision of healthcare. We test our theoretical predictions using World Bank survey data from two Indian states, viz. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. We find strong evidence for the existence of bias against daughters. We also find, consistent with our theory but contrary to conventional wisdom, that the bias is more pronounced among Hindu families (who tend to practice exogamy) than among Muslim families (who very commonly intermarry). All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served!