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Do Indian daughters shadow their mothers? A case of intergenerational educational mobility among women

Akanksha Choudhary (School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India)
Ashish Singh (School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 17 September 2019

Issue publication date: 4 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

A few studies in India have related daughters’ education to their fathers, but there is little to no evidence when it comes to the intergenerational relation between daughters and mothers’ education. Using India Human Development Survey (IHDS) 2011–2012, the purpose of this paper is to investigate intergenerational educational mobility among women (15–49 years) (vis-à-vis their mothers) for all India.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses transition/mobility matrices and multiple mobility measures for the examination of intergenerational educational mobility among women (15–49 years) in India. The data have been taken from the “India Human Development Survey 2011-12.”

Findings

Findings indicate that intergenerational educational mobility at the all-India level is about 0.69, that is, 69 percent of the women acquire a level of education different from their mothers. Of the overall mobility, about 80 percent is contributed by upward mobility whereas the rest is downward. Mobility is greater in urban areas and is highest among the socially advantaged “Others” (or upper) caste group. Also, the upward component is substantially lower for socially disadvantaged groups compared to others. Further, there are large inter-regional variations, with the situation being worst in the central and eastern states such as Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, etc. Moreover, mobility (overall and upward) increases consistently as one moves up the income distribution.

Originality/value

This study is perhaps the first study which comprehensively studies intergenerational educational mobility for women (15–49 years) at an all-India level. Findings not only capture the mobility at the aggregate level but also for different caste groups as well as regional variations and income effect.

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Acknowledgements

The authors express their deepest gratitude to the two anonymous reviewers and the editor whose comments and suggestions on earlier drafts have helped in improving the paper immensely.

Citation

Choudhary, A. and Singh, A. (2019), "Do Indian daughters shadow their mothers? A case of intergenerational educational mobility among women", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 46 No. 9, pp. 1095-1118. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-10-2018-0499

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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