Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Kanupriya Rungta
Analysis of the National Sample Survey Data from 2011-2012 shows that a gender-based education gap exists. Women are more likely than men to be illiterate. Some parents continue to view household duties as more important than education in the case of girls, causing some to drop out in primary and middle school, which leads to lower experience accumulation. However, females are almost equally as likely as males to be enrolled in school, and an equal proportion of males and females earn higher education degrees. More importantly, the difference in resource allocation seems to be minimal. Although education has a strong, positive impact on wages, returns to education for women are lower than those for men. This is taken into account by parents when making education decisions for their children. As a result, the wage gap appears to be a cause and effect of the education gap.
Rungta, Kanupriya, "Explaining the “Explained”: An Examination of the Gender-Based Education Gap in India and its Impact on the Wage Gap" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 724.