Poverty and household size / Peter Lanjouw and Martin Ravallion Lanjouw, Peter

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Lanjouw, Peter
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Economic Journal
Family size - Pakistan.; Poverty -- Economic aspects; Family size -- Economic aspects
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Large families are generally believed to be poorer in developing countries. However, the basis for this view is questionable. Strong evidence of a negative correlation between size and consumption per person is not convincing given the scope for size economies in consumption. The correlation between poverty and size disappears for the case of Pakistan when the size elasticity of the cost of living is 0.6.
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