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Fertility-Mortality Variations across LDCs: Women's Education, Labor Force Participation, and Contraceptive-Use


  • Singh, Ram D


Using crosscountry data, this study estimates fertility and mortality relationships with the help of regression models that basically follow the Schultz-Becker framework. Regression results reveal that the variables, women's education, labor-force participation, contraceptive-use, and the supply of health services to pregnant mothers, have significantly deterrent impacts on fertility and mortality rates. The results of the sensitivity tests show that the coefficients on the main variables are robust. Inferences drawn from the study emphasize the role of public policy directed toward women that helps in reducing fertility and infant mortality rates. Copyright 1994 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Singh, Ram D, 1994. "Fertility-Mortality Variations across LDCs: Women's Education, Labor Force Participation, and Contraceptive-Use," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(2), pages 209-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:47:y:1994:i:2:p:209-29

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    1. Deniz Karaoğlan & Dürdane Sirin Saracoglu, 2018. "Women’s education, employment status and the choice of birth control method: An investigation for the case of Turkey," ERC Working Papers 1803, ERC - Economic Research Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Feb 2018.
    2. Clement Ahiadeke & Dominic Der, 2013. "Population Density and Fertility in Farm Households: A Study of the Millennium Development Authority Zones in Ghana," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 15(4), pages 927-947, August.

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