Married Women’s Education Levels and Agency Outside the Home: Evidence from Rural India

  • Nisha VernekarEmail author
  • Karan Singhal


The importance of women’s agency towards the nation and its children’s well-being has been well established in the literature. While the role of education of a woman has been linked to her agency, there is limited rigorous evidence studying the relationship of her agency freedoms across different public spheres. Using a nationally representative data set, we investigate the association of education levels of women and her family members, with distinct agency freedoms outside the household which represent her overall agency—whether allowed to work, membership in a social group (e.g. Self Help Groups), and mobility within the village, in rural India. While we find a positive association between agency and education levels of women, this is not consistent across all agency variables. Some of these effects diminish when we look at heterogeneous specifications which require further exploration.


Women Agency freedom Education. Post-marital household 

JEL Codes

B23 I24 J16 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Management AhmedabadAhmedabadIndia

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