Welfare Consequences of Coresidence With the Mother-In-Law in Patriarchal Joint Families for Women and Children: Evidence From India and Bangladesh

Last updated December 2010
Author:
Rekha Varghese

Abstract:
In many Asian, Arab, and African countries, where the patriarchal joint family is ubiquitous, most rural women live with their mother-in-law during early married life. During the years when women make vital fertility and human capital decisions, they are under the supervision of the mother-in-law. My dissertation explores the effects of this intergenerational-within-gender power dynamics on the welfare of women and children of India and Bangladesh.

Contact Information:
Rekha Varghese, rvarghese@impaqint.com, IMPAQ International, LLC