Rural Electrification and Fertility - Evidence from Côte D’Ivoire

37 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010

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Jörg Peters

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research; University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

Using household-level survey data from Côte d’Ivoire, this paper investigates the determinants of fertility with a particular focus on the effect of electrification. Based on count data regression models, our analysis suggests a highly significant relationship between fertility and electricity, but one that is only revealed when the model distinguishes between rural and urban areas. Specifically, we find a positive association between electricity and fertility for urban households, contrasted by a negative relationship for rural households. This dichotomy is suggested to reflect the influences of electricity in facilitating child care, off set by its modernizing impacts through the provision of information.

Keywords: Rural development, energy access, demography, count data

JEL Classification: O12, O33, J13

Suggested Citation

Peters, Jörg and Vance, Colin, Rural Electrification and Fertility - Evidence from Côte D’Ivoire (June 1, 2010). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 191. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1635766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1635766

Jörg Peters (Contact Author)

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University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

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Passau, D-94030
Germany

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany
0049-201-8149-237 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de

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