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Son Preference, Number of Children, Education and Occupational Choice in Rural Nepal

Magnus Hatlebakk ()

Review of Development Economics, 2017, vol. 21, issue 1, 1-20

Abstract: A unique family survey was conducted in Nepal to investigate the economic consequences of having a first†born girl. Women have more children, but we find no causal effect of number of children on economic outcomes, but independently of the number of children there is a positive effect on boys’ education of having a first†born sister, who presumably takes care of household work so the boys can focus on school. This indicates a stronger son preference in Nepal than that found in studies from neighboring countries.

Date: 2017
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