Title Maternal mortality risk and spousal differences in the demand for children [electronic resource] / Nava Ashraf, Erica M. Field, Alessandra Voena, Roberta Ziparo.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020.©2020
Author Ashraf, Nava. author.
National Bureau of Economic Research. issuing body.
Date 01-01-2020
Physical description 1 online resource.
online resource
Series NBER working paper series ; no. w28220
Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research) ; no. w28220.
Item WEB (Copy 1) INTERNET 1268465-1001 ONLINE
URL Full text available from the National Bureau of Economic Research: http://dx.doi.org/10.3386/w28220
Major subject Zambia
Sex differences
Minor subject Overseas item
Notes "December 2020"
Includes bibliographical references.
Abstract Fertility decisions are often made by partners who may disagree. We develop a model in which an initial gender gap in ideal fertility prevents effective communication between spouses about the costs of childbearing incurred by women. This mechanism is likely to further widen the spousal disagreement over fertility in environments where maternal health risk is high and imperfectly observed. We design an intervention to experimentally vary exposure to information about maternal health costs to either the husband or the wife on a sample of approximately 500 couples in peri-urban Lusaka, in Zambia. At baseline, husbands display lower knowledge of maternal mortality and morbidity compared to their wives. At followup, about one year after the intervention, women whose husbands are treated experience a 43% reduction in the probability of being pregnant. Consistent with our hypothesis, men who are directly treated report lower desired fertility and have more accurate beliefs about their wife's desired fertility than the husbands of treated women. Couples in which the husband is treated also increase communication about family planning, and experience greater marital satisfaction.
LCN 1268465
Item ID 1268465-1001
Database Library Catalogue