Economic development and gender inequality in cognition: A comparison of China and India, and of SAGE and the HRS sister studies

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Weir, David, Margaret Lay, and Kenneth M. Langa. 2014. "Economic development and gender inequality in cognition: A comparison of China and India, and of SAGE and the HRS sister studies." Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 4: 114-125.

This paper examines cognition measures by age and gender from two types of studies in China and India. It finds that despite some notable differences in samples and measures, a general strong association of cognition in older ages with education emerges as a potential explanation for gender gaps and cohort differences. Female disadvantage in cognition is greater in India, both before and after controlling for education. The process of rural–urban migration draws more cognitively able women to cities in China but not in India. The advent of modern longitudinal studies of aging in these developing countries holds great promise for future work.

10.1016/j.jeoa.2014.08.002

PMCID: PMC4260415. (Pub Med Central)

Countries of focus: China, India.

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