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Rural Electrification and Fertility�-�Evidence from Cote d'Ivoire

  • Jorg Peters
  • Colin Vance
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    Using household-level survey data from Cote d'Ivoire, this paper investigates the determinants of fertility with a particular focus on the effect of electrification. Based on a Poisson regression model, our analysis suggests a highly significant relationship between fertility and electricity, but one that is only revealed when the model distinguishes between rural and urban areas. Specifically, we find a positive association between electricity and fertility for urban households, contrasted by a negative relationship for rural households. This dichotomy is suggested to reflect the influences of electricity in facilitating child care, offset by its modernising impacts through the provision of information.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 753-766

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:5:p:753-766
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