Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170764
Authors: 
Kumar, Santosh
Prakash, Nishith
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10780
Abstract: 
In this paper, we investigate the impacts of political decentralization and women reservation in local governance on institutional births and child mortality in the state of Bihar, India. Using the difference-in-differences methodology, we find a significant positive association between political decentralization and institutional births. We also find that the increased participation of women at local governance led to an increased survival rate of children belonging to richer households. We argue that our results are consistent with female leaders having policy preference for women and child well-being.
Subjects: 
gender quota
political decentralization
institutional delivery
child
mortality
Bihar
India
JEL: 
H41
I15
J16
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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