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Hidden Human Capital: Self-efficacy, Aspirations and Achievements of Adolescent and Young Women in India

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Sanchari Roy, Matthew Morton, Shrayana Bhattacharya

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-180
JournalWORLD DEVELOPMENT
Volume111
Early online date25 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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This paper studies the role of non-cognitive skills like self-efficacy in explaining the education and employment aspirations and outcomes of adolescent and young women in Jharkhand, India. We find that self-efficacy is an important correlate of the educational and employment aspirations of these women, and ultimately, of their actual attainments. This suggests that such “hidden” forms of human capital may serve as critical targets for interventions aimed at altering young women’s educational and economic trajectories. We also examine factors that correlate with young women’s level of self-efficacy, and find that an “enabling” and supportive family and community environment appears to be important.

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