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Son Preference, Number of Children, Education and Occupational Choice in Rural Nepal

  • February 2017
  • Journal Article
Hatlebakk, Magnus

Publication Title: Review of Development Economics

Abstract: A unique family survey was conducted in Nepal to investigate the economic consequences of having a first-born girl. Women have more children, but we find no causal effect of number of children on economic outcomes, but independently of the number of children there is a positive effect on boys’ education of having a first-born sister, who presumably takes care of household work so the boys can focus on school. This indicates a stronger son preference in Nepal than that found in studies from neighboring countries.

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