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Bring a Friend: Strengthening Women’s Social Networks and Reproductive Autonomy in India

S Anukriti (), Catalina Herrera-Almanza and Mahesh Venkat Karra

No 10107, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: This paper experimentally tests whether enabling individuals to incentivize others tosocialize with them can strengthen social networks and improve well-being. The paper examines family planningaccess for women in India, who tend to be socially isolated and for whom peer support may overcome intrahouseholdconstraints. Enabling women to jointly visit a clinic with other women not only increased social ties and strengthenedpeer engagement, but also increased clinic visits and contraceptive use. Moreover, this intervention was moreeffective in improving reproductive autonomy of women who faced greater intrahousehold opposition than an interventionthat only improved women’s own access to the clinic.

Date: 2022-06-27
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