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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.