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Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India. / Roy, Sanchari.

In: JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, Vol. 114, 05.2015, p. 233-251.

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Roy, S 2015, 'Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India', JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, vol. 114, pp. 233-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2014.12.010

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Roy, S. (2015). Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India. JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, 114, 233-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2014.12.010

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Roy S. Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India. JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS. 2015 May;114:233-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2014.12.010

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Roy, Sanchari. / Empowering Women? Inheritance Rights, Female Education and Dowry Payments in India. In: JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS. 2015 ; Vol. 114. pp. 233-251.

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