Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Author-Name: Ashwini Deshpande Author-Name-First: Ashwini Author-Name-Last: Deshpande Author-Email: ashwini.deshpande@ashoka.edu.in Author-Workplace-Name: Department of Economics, Ashoka University Author-Name: Apoorva Gupta Author-Name-First: Apoorva Author-Name-Last: Gupta Author-Email: apoorva@econdse.org Author-Workplace-Name: Department of Economics, Ramjas College, University of Delhi Title: Nakusha? Son Preference, Resource Concentration and Gender Gaps in Education Abstract: Using nationally representative data over three decades for India, we investigate mechanisms underlying parental motivation to invest differentially between their sons’ and daughters’ education. We identify three channels: strong son preference, meta son preference (resulting in “unwanted girls”), and the resource concentration motivation. We find that gender gaps in educational quantity outcomes have declined significantly for all children. However, gender gaps in the quality of education have increased over the period, and the increase is the largest in families with unwanted girls, i.e. due to an intensification of meta son preference, followed by families motivated by resource concentration. length: 69 Creation-Date: 20190603 Revision-Date: Publication-Status: File-URL: https://dp.ashoka.edu.in/ash/wpaper/paper13_0.pdf File-Format: Application/pdf Number: 13 Keywords: Discrimination Keywords: Education Keywords: Educational Expenditure Keywords: Gender Keywords: School Choice Keywords: Stream Choice Handle: RePEc:ash:wpaper:13