Television and Contraceptive Use – Panel Evidence from Rural Indonesia

29 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012

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Jörg Peters

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

Christoph Strupat

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS econ)

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

In recent years, rural electrification and access to television have spread rapidly throughout the developing world. The values and cultural norms embodied in television programming have potentially profound implications for influencing behavior, particularly as regards reproductive decisions. Using household panel data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS), this paper explores the effect of television ownership on the use of modern contraceptives in rural Indonesia. Although results from a pooled regression suggest a statistically significant and positive relationship between contraceptive use and television ownership, this finding is not robust to fixed effects estimates that control for time-invariant unobserved characteristics. By contrast, several other individual and community-level determinants, most notably the presence of midwives and health services, are statistically significant in the fixed effects model. We conclude that the growing corpus of cross-sectional evidence on a link between television and contraception should be interpreted cautiously.

Keywords: Contraceptive use, television, fertility, technology adoptio, rural development

JEL Classification: J13, O12, O33

Suggested Citation

Peters, Jörg and Strupat, Christoph and Vance, Colin, Television and Contraceptive Use – Panel Evidence from Rural Indonesia (September 1, 2012). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 365. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144791 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2144791

Jörg Peters

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University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

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Christoph Strupat (Contact Author)

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS econ) ( email )

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Colin Vance

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

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