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Two Apects of Fertility Behaviour in South Africa

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  • Gangadharan, L.
  • Pushkar, M.

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This paper examines the effects of individual, household and community characteristics on two aspects of fertility among South African women - the age at first conception and the number of pregnancies. We find that education has a significant effect in pushing back the age at first conception and in reducing the number of pregnancies. There is a thresh-hold level of education that must be attained before education starts delaying the age at first conception and the number of pregnancies for each woman. Women who are currently enrolled in school have lower number of pregnancies. Fertility cannot be examined in isolation of child mortality because child mortality can affect a woman's demand for birth by inducing her to replace her children who die. We therefore investigate the effect of child mortality on the number of pregnancies and find that while there is a replacement factor associated with fertility decisions the effect is not very strong when we make child mortality variables endogenous.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 683.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:683

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Keywords: FERTILITY ; EDUCATION ; AGE;

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  1. Lata Gangadharan & Pushkar Maitra, 2001. "The Effect of Education on the Timing of Marriage and First Birth in Pakistan," ASARC Working Papers 2001-04, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  2. Gangadharan, L. & Maitra, P., 2000. "The Effect of Education on the Timing of Marriage and First Conception in Pakistan," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 742, The University of Melbourne.

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