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Have a Son, Gain a Voice: Son Preference and Female Participation in Household Decision Making

Abstract : This study analyses the effects of observed preference for boys on Pakistani women’s participation in household decision-making. We find a significant association between female participation in various household decisions and their preference for boys. Bearing at least one son is associated with 5 per cent, 7 per cent, and 5 per cent higher say in decisions involving healthcare, social, and consumption matters, respectively. Women’s role in financial affairs, however, does not change significantly. Female participation in decision-making grows with the number of sons but only up to third parity. The improvement in female participation remains limited and decision- or context-specific.
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Rashid Javed, Mazhar Yasin Mughal. Have a Son, Gain a Voice: Son Preference and Female Participation in Household Decision Making. The Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2019, 55 (12), pp.2526-2548. ⟨hal-02493917⟩

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