Demographic and other influence of long-term saving behaviour in a rural development block in India

Repetto, R.; Shah, O.

Socio economic development and population control: 189-205

1988


Document Number: 366494
Data from Matar Taluka, Kaira District, Gujarat, which was surveyed c.1965, are used to demonstrate that the effect of larger family size on long-term household savings and asset accumulation is negative, so that larger families are less successful in accumulating assets. In other words, high fertility has a negative long-term effect on household savings. The paper also highlights the economic value attached to male children which is reflected in the fact that households with more male children over the age of 10 appear to have lower demand for other forms of wealth. However, the converse, that households with more female children will tend to accumulate tangible wealth in anticipation of required future expenditure on weddings, dowry, etc., could not show any statistically significant association.

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