Female Land Ownership & Fertility in Nepal
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I use Demographic and Health Survey data for Nepal from the year 2011 to test the hypothesis that there is a negative relationship between female land ownership and fertility in the country. I conduct a propensity score matching procedure to construct a comparison group for the female land owners in my study sample. This allows me to compare the degree to which female ownership of land determines the number of children a woman has.
This analysis has implications for developing countries like Nepal that have patriarchal societies in which norms dictate that land should remain within patrilineal lines, but which are gradually reforming their land laws to enhance the land rights of women.