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

Authors
  • Garg, A
  • Morduch, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of population economics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
11
Issue
4
Pages
471–493
Identifiers
PMID: 12294784
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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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 [the 1988-1989 Ghana Living Standards Survey], 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)."

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