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How Women's Legal Protection from Physical Harm Affects Fertility- Raphael Godefroy

Date & Time:
November 14, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
SS 423
Raphael Godefroy, University of Montreal

Using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS),this paper estimates the effect on fertility of a legal reform in Nigeria in 2000 that made women more vulnerable to physical violence out-side of the household. I find that yearly probability of giving birth of women most exposed to the reform increased by at least 0.03, which amounts roughly to one extra child per woman. Using stated preferences about the number of children and information on demographic outcomes, I propose and examine empirically the hypothesis that the reform increased for women the value of being married, and hence decreased their intra-household bargaining power, which led fertility decisions to shift in the direction of husbands' preferences.

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