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Missing Women Found On Historical Tea Plantations: Evidence From British India

Towliat, Victoria Bahar LU (2016) NEKP01 20161
Department of Economics
Abstract (Swedish)
It has been previously shown that an increase in the relative value of tea increases female survival rate by enhancing their economic value. By combining contemporary district-level census data with historical data on tea production, in this paper I examine whether contemporary regional variations in gender disparities across India can be traced back to the tea production induced by the British East India Trading Company in the 19th century. I find that more women are born in districts that produced tea in British India compared to districts that did not. These results hold for several robustness tests. To further explore this relationship, I conduct a survey in Idukki district in Kerala. The findings support the hypothesis that an... (More)
It has been previously shown that an increase in the relative value of tea increases female survival rate by enhancing their economic value. By combining contemporary district-level census data with historical data on tea production, in this paper I examine whether contemporary regional variations in gender disparities across India can be traced back to the tea production induced by the British East India Trading Company in the 19th century. I find that more women are born in districts that produced tea in British India compared to districts that did not. These results hold for several robustness tests. To further explore this relationship, I conduct a survey in Idukki district in Kerala. The findings support the hypothesis that an increase in the economic value of women improves the survival rate for girls. (Less)
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Towliat, Victoria Bahar LU
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NEKP01 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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sex imbalance tea production female survival East India Company
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English
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8890078
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2016-09-09 11:56:15
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  abstract     = {It has been previously shown that an increase in the relative value of tea increases female survival rate by enhancing their economic value. By combining contemporary district-level census data with historical data on tea production, in this paper I examine whether contemporary regional variations in gender disparities across India can be traced back to the tea production induced by the British East India Trading Company in the 19th century. I find that more women are born in districts that produced tea in British India compared to districts that did not. These results hold for several robustness tests. To further explore this relationship, I conduct a survey in Idukki district in Kerala. The findings support the hypothesis that an increase in the economic value of women improves the survival rate for girls.},
  author       = {Towliat, Victoria Bahar},
  keyword      = {sex imbalance tea production female survival East India Company},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Missing Women Found On Historical Tea Plantations: Evidence From British India},
  year         = {2016},
}