All you need is cable TV?

Vegard Iversen, Richard Palmer-Jones

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Robert Jensen and Emily Oster find that arrival of cable TV in rural India reduces women's tolerance of spousal violence, son preference and fertility, and increases women's autonomy, and school enrolment. These results are mostly replicated using their data and code. However, cable TV does not affect uneducated women. Theoretically informed index construction reduces the tolerance of violence effect, and weakens that on autonomy. We have statistical power concerns, and find errors and questionable assumptions in school enrolment constructions. Using our data constructions, effects sizes and significance are weakened. These results suggest that pure, statistical and scientific replication have merit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-966
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number5
Early online date19 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019


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