Kerala, India: Western Standards on Fraction of Income

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Kerala's female population is often considered to be better off than most women in India, with female literacy at 87 per cent – compared with the 29 per cent in India as a whole -- an average of two children as opposed to four, and a higher propensity for higher education. They also hold 30 percent of government jobs. The matrilineal customs of the Nair caste (which pass property down to women) may be responsible, but so too are government policies that have pushed for female education.

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