Fertility and Rural Electrification in Bangladesh

SMU Economics & Statistics Working Paper No. 11-2017

49 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017 Last revised: 5 Oct 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: July 11, 2017

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 falsification 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

JEL Classification: O20, J13

Suggested Citation

Fujii, Tomoki and Shonchoy, Abu, Fertility and Rural Electrification in Bangladesh (July 11, 2017). SMU Economics & Statistics Working Paper No. 11-2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3028430

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Abu Shonchoy

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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