This paper examines the impact of perceived risk of street harassment on women’s human capital attainment.
I assemble a unique dataset that combines information on 4,000 students at the University of Delhi from a survey that I designed and conducted, a mapping of the potential travel routes to all colleges in the students’ choice set using an algorithm I developed in Google Maps, and crowd-sourced mobile application safety data.
That still leaves huge numbers of people who are happy to live with their in-laws, happy to cover themselves up, and are not interested in getting shitfaced in a bar.
Many people do go back, and many people are not able to make deep emotional connections with Americans, and they know that their privileged position in India will get them access to five star health care because the public healthcare in India is infinitely more shitty then in the US, they know that they can sent their kids to the elite schools in India because the average public schools in India are worse than the worst US public schools, and they know you can pay an army of maids, cleaners, gardeners etc a pittance to do your housework for you.
I don’t disagree that life as a privileged person in India is way way more comfortable than life as a middle class person in the US and many people who fit culturally choose to go back.
But a lot of people prefer the American culture and freedoms.
You’ve arbitrarily changed a major piece of data, namely the social and cultural context of the study, for no reason other than to help support the conclusion you’ve already drawn. Definitely enough to know that it’s very different from that of Boston.
It is enough to deter women from choosing alternatives they may have a slight preference for but not enough to deter women from choosing things they have strong preferences for.
They may pick and choose between the elite colleges based on perceived safety or choice of major but no student (or parent ) would prefer that they (their kid) study in Dayal Sigh college because it’s safer to get to than LSR.