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Grimm, Michael, Sparrow, Robert and Tasciotti, Luca (2015) 'Does Electrification Spur the Fertility Transition? Evidence From Indonesia.' Demography, 52 (5). pp. 1773-1796.

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Abstract

We analyze various pathways through which access to electricity affects fertility in Indonesia, using a district difference-in-difference approach. The electrification rate increased by 65 % over the study period, and our results suggest that the subsequent effects on fertility account for about 18 % to 24 % of the overall decline in fertility. A key channel is increased exposure to television. Using in addition several waves of Demographic and Health Surveys, we find suggestive evidence that increased exposure to TV affects, in particular, fertility preferences and increases the effective use of contraception. Reduced child mortality seems to be another important pathway.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Fertility, Fertility transition, Family planning, Electrification, Television
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
ISSN: 00703370
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2015. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-015-0420-3
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2017 13:28
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23440

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