Fertility and Rural Electrification in Bangladesh

IDE Discussion Paper No. 521

69 Pages Posted: 31 May 2015 Last revised: 29 Aug 2017

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Tomoki Fujii

Singapore Management University - School of Economics

Abu Shonchoy

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: March 30, 2015

Abstract

We use a panel dataset from Bangladesh to examine the relationship between fertility and the adoption of electricity with the latter instrumented by infrastructure development and the quality of service delivery. We find that the adoption of electricity reduces fertility, and this impact is more pronounced when the household already has two or more children. This observation can be explained by a simple household model of time use, in which adoption of electricity affects only the optimal number of children but not necessarily current fertility behavior if the optimal number has not yet been reached.

Keywords: time use, infrastructure, fertility, Bangladesh, ordered probit regression

JEL Classification: O20, J13

Suggested Citation

Fujii, Tomoki and Shonchoy, Abu, Fertility and Rural Electrification in Bangladesh (March 30, 2015). IDE Discussion Paper No. 521. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515676

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