Does having children affect women’s entrepreneurship decision? Evidence from Nigeria

Ajefu, Joseph (2019) Does having children affect women’s entrepreneurship decision? Evidence from Nigeria. Review of Economics of the Household, 17 (3). pp. 843-860. ISSN 1569-5239

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This paper investigates the impact of fertility on women’s entrepreneurship decision in Nigeria, using the 2008 and 2013 cross-sectional Demographic Health Surveys data. In order to mitigate the potential endogeneity associated with fertility decision, the study explores an exogenous variation in family size using twin births in an instrumental variable (IV) analysis. Both the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and Two-Stage Least Squares (2SLS) estimate show that having children is positively associated with women’s entrepreneurship decision, and there are heterogeneous effects across the subsamples by women’s age. The results of this study are robust to using the number of children younger than age five in the home as an alternative definition of fertility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children, Women, Entreprenuership, Nigeria
Subjects: L100 Economics
L300 Sociology
L900 Others in Social studies
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 10:37
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:34

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