S. Anukriti, Boston College
Catalina Herrera, Northeastern University
Mahesh Karra, Boston University
Praveen Pathak, Delhi School of Economics
In this study, we investigate the causal impact of a social network-based family planning intervention on contraceptive use and reproductive health through a field experiment. We recruit 671 young married women aged 18 to 30 in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Following a baseline survey, each woman was randomly assigned to one of three groups: a control group (350), a solo-voucher group (156), or a “bring-a-friend” (BAF) group (165). Women who were randomly assigned to the solo-voucher and BAF groups received a voucher for discounted access to family planning services at a high-quality private clinic. Women who were randomly assigned to the BAF group were additionally encouraged to bring a friend with them. In doing so, their friend would also be eligible to receive the voucher for family planning. In this way, we evaluate whether enabling a woman to recruit a friend would lead to increased family planning access and use.
Presented in Session P2. Poster Session 2