Life, Livelihood, and Long Term Well-being

The Effect of Mortality Risks and Land Reforms on Human Capital Investments in India

by Arkadipta Ghosh

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Human capital investments in childhood have an important bearing on later life outcomes including long term health and well-being. Crucial factors that determine parental investments in childhood include household preferences, resource constraints, and background factors such as risks and economic shocks. This dissertation evaluates the role of some of these factors in determining childhood investments in rural India.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction and Research Questions

  • Chapter Two

    Gender Discrimination in Intrahousehold Resource Allocation in India: A Review

  • Chapter Three

    Mortality Risks, Health Endowments, and Parental Investments in Infancy: Evidence from Rural India

  • Chapter Four

    The Effect of Land Reforms on Long Term Health and Well-being in India

  • Chapter Five

    Discussion and Policy Implications

  • Appendix

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in April 2008 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Emmett Keeler (Chair), Neeraj Sood, and David Evans.

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