Gender inequality in human capital accumulation is part of traditional cultures in many developing countries, where women are less educated, have poorer health outcome than men and where marriages of minor females are very prevalent.

Besides being a serious concern in terms of equality of opportunity, it may adversely affect economic growth. The negative effects of gender discrimination could potentially be stronger among the poor socio-economic groups.


This study seeks to address the policy issues of gender inequities in innovation and creativity among the poor in India. The government of India has initiated several campaigns, including Save Daughters, Educate Daughters (Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao), to tackle gender violence and reduce educational achievement gap between men and women in India.

The proposed research work will help inform policy about when and how to intervene to close gender inequality in the field of education and innovation.