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FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-26
Impact of rural electrification on fertility in Bangladesh


Using secondary household surveys and other community-level data sets, we investigate the impact of the rural electrification program on fertility in Bangladesh. While there have been a few studies on the relationship between rural electrification and fertility, previous studies suffer from a number of problems, including the potential endogeneity of the adoption of electricity. This problem is important because those households that adopt electricity may be systematically different from others. We also try to disentangle the effects of electrification at the household level and access to electricity at the village or district level. This, in turn, helps us to identify the channels through which rural electrification affects the fertility behavior. This study is also likely to bear some implications relevant to the formulation of policies for rural electrifications and family planning and also might shed light on other indirect impacts of electrification on rural households.


April 2014 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] SHONCHOY Abu
[ Co-researchers ] FUJII Tomoki (Associate Professor, School of Economics, Singapore Management University)