March 5, 2021 - 3:30 pm
March 5, 2021 - 5:00 pm
Webinar on Public Spending for Gender Equality by Rohini Somanathan, Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics
Abstract: Public spending can lead to greater gender equality both through targeted programs that provide households incentives to change their behavior towards girl children and through improved access to social infrastructure such as schools and health centres. This lecture is in three parts. It begins with a description of trends in gender gaps in India and places them in a broader international context. It goes on to provide some theoretical foundations for why public spending programs have mixed success in that their impact varies by sub-groups of the affected population. I finally provide some evidence from on-going research that suggests significant caste-based differences in the role of targeted transfers in raising the age of marriage of adolescent girls in North India.