Rossella Calvi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rice University, Houston. She joined Rice in 2016 after receiving her Ph.D. from Boston College. Her areas of expertise are development economics and the economics of the family and gender. Her research focuses on issues related to gender inequality, poverty, health and education in developing countries. Some of her recent work looks at intra-household resource allocation in India and its effects on women’s health and poverty. She is also interested in economic history and studies the role that historical institutions play in determining contemporary outcomes.
Why are older women missing in India? The age profile of bargaining power and poverty
19 Sep 2016
The ratio of women to men is particularly low in India relative to developed countries. It has recently been argued that close to half of these ‘missing’ women are of post-reproductive ages. What drives this phenomenon, however, remains unclear. This column finds that this can be explained, in large part, by gender inequality in intra-household allocation of resources and the consequent gender asymmetry in poverty.
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