Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 113–125 | Cite as

Spillover Impacts of a Reproductive Health Program on Elderly Women in Rural Bangladesh

  • Anoshua Chaudhuri
original Paper


This paper extends the program evaluation literature by investigating intra-household externalities generated by a reproductive health program, administered as a quasi-control experiment in rural Bangladesh. Although the program targeted only mothers and children in randomly selected treatment areas, using a reduced form demand approach and data from Matlab Health and Socio-economic Survey of 1996, we found a significantly positive spillover impact of this reproductive health program on the health of the never-targeted elderly women.


Bangladesh Body mass index Elderly Health Spillover effects 



I wish to acknowledge my dissertation committee members, colleagues and conference discussants for their comments and guidance in developing this paper. I thank the Grover and Creta Ensley and Hewlett Foundations for funding support. I particularly want to thank Abay Getahun, Don Mar, Kakoli Roy, John Strauss, the Editors and two anonymous referees for very helpful suggestions and comments. However, any errors are my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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