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A socioeconomic analysis of the determinants of fertility: The case of Vietnam

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  • Huan Nguyen-Dinh

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    (Department of Economics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S4M4)

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    This paper is an economics-based quantitative analysis of the determinants of individual fertility in Vietnam, measured as the number of children ever born. In addition to the conventional linear model, two limited dependent variable models, Poisson and ordered-logit, are estimated using data from the 1988 Vietnam Demographic and Health Survery. We find, among other things, that husbands` characteristics are almost as important as those of wives in determining fertility, perhaps a reflection of the still dominant role of husbands in Vietnamese families. Both paternal and maternal education have important impacts on fertility. Of special interest is the evidence that supports the attitudinal effect of education over the opportunity-cost effect.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

    Volume (Year): 10 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 251-271

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:10:y:1997:i:3:p:251-271

    Note: Received April 22, 1996 / Accepted January 13, 1997
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    Keywords: Number of children ever born · Poisson model · ordered-logit model;

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    1. Alfonso Miranda, 2003. "Socio-economic characteristics, completed fertility, and the transition from low to high order parities in Mexico," Labor and Demography 0308001, EconWPA.
    2. Bruno Arpino & Arnstein Aassve, 2013. "Estimating the causal effect of fertility on economic wellbeing: data requirements, identifying assumptions and estimation methods," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 355-385, February.
    3. George Hondroyiannis, 2010. "Fertility Determinants and Economic Uncertainty: An Assessment Using European Panel Data," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 33-50, March.
    4. Seebens, Holger, 2006. "Bargaining over Fertility in Rural Ethiopia," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2006 25, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
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