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Sibling rivalry and the gender gap: Evidence from child health outcomes in Ghana

Sibling rivalry and the gender gap: Evidence from child health outcomes in Ghana When capital and labor markets are imperfect, choice sets narrow, and parents must choose how to ration available funds and time between their children. One consequence is that children become rivals for household resources. In economies with pro-male bias, such rivalries can yield gains to having relatively more sisters than brothers. Using a rich household survey from Ghana, we find that on average if children had all sisters (and no brothers) they would do roughly 25-40% better on measured health indicators than if they had all brothers (and no sisters). The effects are as large as typical quantity-quality trade-offs, and they do not differ significantly by gender. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Population Economics Springer Journals

Sibling rivalry and the gender gap: Evidence from child health outcomes in Ghana

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Economics; Population Economics; Labor Economics; Demography; Social Policy
ISSN
0933-1433
eISSN
1432-1475
DOI
10.1007/s001480050080
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Abstract

When capital and labor markets are imperfect, choice sets narrow, and parents must choose how to ration available funds and time between their children. One consequence is that children become rivals for household resources. In economies with pro-male bias, such rivalries can yield gains to having relatively more sisters than brothers. Using a rich household survey from Ghana, we find that on average if children had all sisters (and no brothers) they would do roughly 25-40% better on measured health indicators than if they had all brothers (and no sisters). The effects are as large as typical quantity-quality trade-offs, and they do not differ significantly by gender.

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Journal of Population EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 1, 1998

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