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Religion and abortion: The role of politician identity

Bhalotra, Sonia, Clots-Figueras, I., Lyer, Lakshmi (2021) Religion and abortion: The role of politician identity. Journal of Development Economics, 153 . Article Number 102746. ISSN 0304-3878. (KAR id:90286)


Debates around abortion typically invoke religion and politics but there is no causal evidence of the impact of politician religion on abortion. Leveraging quasi-random variation in politician religion generated by close elections in India and controlling for the party affiliation of politicians, we find lower rates of sex-selective abortion in districts won by Muslim state legislators, consistent with a higher reported aversion to abortion among Muslims compared to Hindus. The competing hypothesis that this reflects weaker son preference among Muslims is undermined by stated preference data and by demonstrating that fertility and girl-biased infant mortality increase in Muslim-won districts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: religion, politician identity, abortion, sex-selection, India, gender
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Irma Clots-Figueras
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 08:19 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2023 23:00 UTC
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