Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Nayana Bose

Reader 2

Sean Flynn


This paper investigates the nature of the relationship between higher levels of education and empowerment amongst women in India. I assess whether, among women with more than eight years of education, additional years of schooling have an impact on the following areas of women’s empowerment in India: financial independence, mobility, work preferences, and decision-making. Data is sourced from the Indian Human Development Survey-II 2011-2012 and the analysis was conducted using a probit model controlling for caste, religion, household head, household income, and spouse’s education. The results indicate a negative impact of additional years of education on women’s empowerment in India, given a few exceptions. These findings present implications for future policymaking to improve access to and participation in higher education for the women of India.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.