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Replication data for: Customary Norms, Inheritance, and Human Capital: Evidence from a Reform of the Matrilineal System in Ghana

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V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • La Ferrara, Eliana
  • Milazzo, Annamaria
Publication Date
2017-10-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We study the role of traditional norms in land allocation and human capital investment. We exploit a policy experiment in Ghana that increased the land that children from matrilineal groups could inherit from their fathers. Boys exposed to the reform received 0.9 less years of education—an effect driven by landed households, for whom the reform was binding. We find no effect for girls, whose inheritance was de facto unaffected. These patterns suggest that before the reform matrilineal groups invested more in education than they would if unconstrained, to substitute for land inheritance, underscoring the importance of cultural norms.
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    DOI: 10.1257/app.20150342 (Text)
Publications
  • La Ferrara, Eliana, and Annamaria Milazzo. “Customary Norms, Inheritance, and Human Capital: Evidence from a Reform of the Matrilineal System in Ghana.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9, no. 4 (October 2017): 166–85. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20150342.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20150342 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

La Ferrara, Eliana; Milazzo, Annamaria (2017): Replication data for: Customary Norms, Inheritance, and Human Capital: Evidence from a Reform of the Matrilineal System in Ghana. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113653