Job Market Paper
The Relationship Between Groom Price and Parental Investment in Daughter's Human Capital
Abstract: Groom price is an inequality for women in the marriage market and has been suspect in causing female foeticide, domestic violence, household inequality as well as nutritional and healthcare inequality for girls and women in India. A common proposition to eradicate this practice of groom price has been to subsidize female education to create equality for women. This paper evaluates the existence, nature and magnitude of a causal relationship between a daughter’s education level and the price her family pays for a groom in India using nationally representative data and a two stage least squares instrumental variable estimation methodology. I use an Indian national school-latrine-construction initiative as a policy instrument to estimate the effect of an increase in a girl’s years of education on the groom price that her parents pay. My OLS estimates show that a woman with an additional year of education pays on average an extra Rs. 14,314 (USD 298) for her groom price, while my 2SLS results indicate that a woman with an additional year of education pays on average an extra Rs. 22,283 (USD 464) for her groom price, which is 7 percent of the average groom price in my sample. However, when I control for their groom's education, my estimates suggest that although a woman's own education has a negative effect on her groom price, for each additional year of education for her groom, she pays an extra amount of groom price, resulting in the total effect of a woman with more education paying more groom price on average.
Current Research in Progress
Peer Effects on Irrigation Adoption and Extension in the Southeastern US (with Tom Lam and Scott Templeton)
Abstract: This paper looks at whether the adoption and extension of irrigation by a county is influenced by the irrigation practices of its’ neighboring counties. A peer-effects model is used to estimate the effect that neighboring counties have on each other’s irrigation practices using a four-year panel of USDA agriculture census data from 1997 to 2012 for the 439 counties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Gender Differences in Educational Outcomes in India
Abstract: This paper investigates whether there is a difference between men and women in terms of employment choices given the same level and type of education. A key barrier to employment for women appears to be location. In a sample of Skill India participants, 62% of unemployed women reported that they were willing to migrate for work, but 70% said they would feel unsafe working away from home. National Sample Survey (NSS) data show that the proportion of educated rural women who want to work is upwards of 50%. This paper aims to assess whether mobility restrictions affect the employment choices of women and create occupational differences between men and women.