Financial Incentives and Fertility Choices: Evidence from India

Chatterjee, Tirtha and Jain, Ritika (2023) Financial Incentives and Fertility Choices: Evidence from India. The Indian Economic Journal. 001946622211393. ISSN 0019-4662

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This article estimates the impact of a maternity cash transfer programme, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, implemented in India since 2011, on fertility choices. Since the scheme restricts the benefits to the first two births, we ask whether there is an impact on the likelihood of birth post implementation and if this behaviour is driven by son preference. We also test whether the scheme has affected the likelihood of female births. Our results give evidence in support of ‘stopping rule’ and we find that treated households reduce births only when their first two births are sons. However, we do not find any statistically significant impact of the likelihood of a female birth. We further find that post the implementation of the scheme, mothers and children are less likely to get better care for higher order births.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Financial Incentives | Fertility Choices | India
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Economics, Econometrics and Finance > Banking and Finance
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Public Policy
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 02 May 2023 19:53
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 19:53
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