Child mortality subtly related to son preference

Chris Blattman:

Let’s consider three ideas.

First, breastfeeding reduces infant sickness and death in poor and tropical places, largely because it insulates the child from water-borne illness.

Second, breastfeeding naturally reduces a mother’s fertility, and so mothers that want to have another child may stop breastfeeding early.


Third, in places where a sons are preferred over daughters newborn girls may be weaned sooner than boys.

If all three propositions are true, then [read the rest]

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