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Charity M. Troyer Moore

Director for South Asia Economics Research
MacMillan Center
Yale University
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New Haven, CT 06520

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2019On Her Own Account: How Strengthening Women's Financial Control Affects Labor Supply and Gender Norms
with Erica M. Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Simone G. Schaner: w26294
Can greater control over earned income incentivize women to work and influence gender norms? In collaboration with Indian government partners, we provided rural women with individual bank accounts and randomly varied whether their wages from a public workfare program were directly deposited into these accounts or into the male household head’s account (the status quo). Women in a random subset of villages were also trained on account use. In the short run, relative to women just offered bank accounts, those who also received direct deposit and training increased their labor supply in the public and private sectors. In the long run, gender norms liberalized: women who received direct deposit and training became more accepting of female work, and their husbands perceived fewer social costs t...

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