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Fertility and Rural Electrification in Bangladesh

Tomoki Fujii () and Abu Shonchoy ()

No 11-2017, Economics and Statistics Working Papers from Singapore Management University, School of Economics

Abstract: We use a household-level panel dataset from Bangladesh to examine the household-level relationship between fertility and the access to electricity. We find that the household's access to electricity reduces the change in the number of children by about 0.1 to 0.25 children in a period of five years in most estimates. This finding also applies to retrospective panel data and is robust to the choice of covariates and estimation methods. Our finding passes falsication test and corroborates with the predictions of our theoretical model on the households' time use and consumption pattern.

Keywords: Bangladesh; infrastructure; television; difference in differences; propensity score matching; retrospective panel data. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 O20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 pages
Date: 2017-07-11
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