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Does Electrification Spur the Fertility Transition? Evidence From Indonesia

Grimm, Michael; Sparrow, Robert; Tasciotti, Luca

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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...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98523
Source: Demography
DOI: 10.1007/s13524-015-0420-3

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