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Title: Gender gap in schooling: Is there a role for health insurance?
Authors: Ojha, Manini
Keywords: Education
School enrolment
Health insurance
Issue Date: 28-Oct-2021
Publisher: Journal of International Development, Wiley-Blackwell, USA
Citation: Ojha, M. (2021). Gender gap in schooling: Is there a role for health insurance?. Journal of International Development, (In Press), DOI:
Abstract: Sudden health shocks may be devastating if their consequences are transferred to human capital formation of children, especially in families that are unable to access affordable healthcare. As such, access to health insurance may play a role in determining schooling decisions. I examine the impact of India's national health insurance scheme (RSBY) on gender differences in school enrolments in this paper. Employing difference-in-differences and triple differences approaches, I find that RSBY reduces the gender gap in school enrolments. Therefore, while RSBY was implemented with the aim of reducing financial burden for the poor, I find evidence that it has unintended positive consequences for girls in particular.
Description: The data for this study are owned by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and National Council of Applied Research and Training (NCAER). The data set comes from two rounds of the India Human Development Survey Series (IHDS-I and II) conducted in 2004–2005 and 2011–2012, respectively, and is available at
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