Penn IUR Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

August 1999


Copyright The University of Chicago Press. Reprinted from Journal of Political Economy, Volume 107, Number 4, August 1999, pages 682-714.


Economics, Economic Development and Real Estate, Education


The hypothesis that increases in the schooling of women enhance the human capital of the next generation and thus make a unique contribution to economic growth is assessed on the basis of data describing green revolution India. Estimates are obtained that indicate that a component of the significant and positive relationship between maternal literacy and child schooling in the Indian setting reflects the productivity effect of home teaching and that the existence of this effect, combined with the increase in returns to schooling for men, importantly underlies the expansion of female literacy following the onset of the green revolution.



Date Posted: 27 June 2006

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