NBER: ‘The Power of TV – Cable Television and Women’s Status in India’ by Robert Jensen, Emily Oster

Over a three year period, the authors gathered individual-level panel data on the effects of cable television on gender attitudes in rural India. The authors find that the introduction of cable television was associated with “significant increases in reported autonomy, decreases in the reported acceptability of beating and decreases in reported son preference…increases in female school enrollment and decreases in …