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Does electrification spur the fertility transition? evidence from Indonesia

Does electrification spur the fertility transition? evidence from Indonesia

Grimm, Michael, Sparrow, Robert and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2015) Does electrification spur the fertility transition? evidence from Indonesia. Demography, 52 (5). pp. 1773-1796. ISSN 0070-3370 (Print), 1533-7790 (Online) (doi:

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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 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: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fertility, fertility transition, family planning, electrification, television
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 06:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2

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