Replication data for: Property Rights and Gender Bias: Evidence from Land Reform in West Bengal

Dilip Mookherjee, Sonia Bhalotra, Abhishek Chakravarty & Francisco J. Pino
We examine intra-household gender-differentiated effects of property rights securitisation following West Bengal's tenancy registration program, using two independently gathered datasets. In both samples, higher program implementation increased male child survival rates in families without a firstborn son, but not in those that already have a firstborn male child. We argue this reflects intensified son preference as land rights improve, ostensibly to ensure a male heir to inherit land. Consistent with this, girls with firstborn brothers...
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