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Sons as widowhood insurance: Evidence from Senegal

Abstract : Exploiting original data from a Senegalese household survey, we provide evidence that fertility choices are partly driven by women's needs for widowhood insurance. We use a duration model of birth intervals to show that women most at risk in case of widowhood intensify their fertility, shortening birth spacing, until they get a son. Insurance through sons might entail substantial health costs since short birth spacing raises maternal and infant mortality rates.
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Sylvie Lambert, Pauline Rossi. Sons as widowhood insurance: Evidence from Senegal. Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, 2016, 120, pp.113-127. ⟨10.1016/j.jdeveco.2016.01.004⟩. ⟨halshs-01379302⟩



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