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Sons as Widowhood Insurance: Evidence from Senegal


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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halshs-00948098 , version 1 (17-02-2014)
halshs-00948098 , version 2 (05-05-2014)
halshs-00948098 , version 3 (01-10-2015)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00948098 , version 3


Sylvie Lambert, Pauline Rossi. Sons as Widowhood Insurance: Evidence from Senegal. 2015. ⟨halshs-00948098v3⟩
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