Online PhD defence by Tanmoy Majilla

International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Friday, 18 Sep 2020, 09:00

End date

Friday, 18 Sep 2020, 11:00

This defence will take place online
International Institute of Social Studies
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Due to the coronavirus, the defence will take place online. You can follow the proceedings via ISS Livestream.

On 18 September 2020, Tanmoy Majilla will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'Essays in Empirical Development Economics'

It is well documented that the economic status of men and women is not equal in most societies. However, South Asia stands out as an extreme case. The region is well-known for its strong son preference, it has a large number of ‘missing women’ and low female labour force participation.

Motivated by the stark gender differences both within the household and at the point of labour market entry, this thesis examines issues that are pertinent to son preference and labor market entry of young women.

The 4 essays in this thesis consider various elements of son preference and its economic consequences is various settings. Issues of research include:

  • parental allocation of educational resources in India
  • parental allocation of educational resources in Pakistan
  • motherhood penalty in urban India and the link between community gender norms and the motherhood penalty
  • the extent to which access to childcare support mitigates the motherhood penalty

Doctoral board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisor

Professor Arjun Bedi


Dr Matthias Rieger

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Abhiroop Mukhopadhya, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi

Professor Nabanita Datta Gupta, Aarhus University

Professor Stefan Klonner, University of Heidelberg

Professor Chris Elbers, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Professor Irene van Staveren, ISS