publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Having a Son Promotes Clean Cooking Fuel Use in Urban India: Women’s Status and Son Preference

Avinash Kishore; Dean Spears;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jul 2014 Journal: Economic Development and Cultural Change, volume 62, issue 4, pages 673-673
Abstract
Urban Indian households with a male first child are approximately 2 percentage points more likely to use clean cooking fuel than comparable households with a female first child. Given Indian son preference, there are at least two mechanisms by which child sex could affect fuel choice: by improving the intrahousehold status of women, who bear more of the costs of traditional fuels, or by presenting an opportunity to invest in children's health, in the context of a preference for healthier boys. If child sex is not selected for by biased abortion or other processes, then the sex of a first child has an exogenous causal effect on household fuel choice. We show that...
Subjects
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Development, Women's Status, Abortion, Economics, Labour economics, Causal effect, Son preference, Demographic economics
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