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Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size : Evidence from the Philippines

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  • Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr.

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This paper shows how large family size can be an important contributor to household poverty. It presents results from recent research by the author using nationally representative household survey data that demonstrate clearly how large family size can contribute to poverty and vulnerability through its impact on household savings, labor supply, and parental earnings and education of children. The paper is the most systematic attempt to date to show the links between family size and poverty in the Philippines using household survey data. The clear implication of the results is that, in the case of the Philippines, an active population policy aimed at restricting family size could have an important impact on poverty reduction.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22671.

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Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22671

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Keywords: Family Size; poverty; vulnerability; Philippines;

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  1. Rachel H. Racelis & J.M Ian S. Salas, 2007. "Measuring Economic Lifecycle and Flows across Population Age Groups : Data and Methods in the Application of the NTA in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research 22682, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. G. M. Arif & Shujaat Farooq, 2012. "Rural Poverty Dynamics in Pakistan: Evidence from Three Waves of the Panel Survey," Poverty and Social Dynamics Paper Series, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 2012:02, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  3. World Bank, 2012. "Liberia Poverty Note : Tracking the Dimensions of Poverty," World Bank Other Operational Studies, The World Bank 12320, The World Bank.
  4. G. M. Arif & Faiz Bilquees, 2006. "Chronic and Transitory Poverty in Pakistan: Evidence from a Longitudinal Household Survey," MIMAP Technical Paper Series, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics 2006:19, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  5. Barrios, Erniel B. & Mina, Christian D., 2009. "Profiling Poverty with Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2009-29, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  6. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2006. "Children and Household Savings in the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2006-14, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  7. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2005. "Poverty, Fertility Preferences and Family Planning Practice in the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2005-22, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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