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How Does Female Education Affect Fertility? A Structural Model for the Cote D'Ivoire

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A structural model relating fertility to its proximate is estimated for the Cote d'Ivoire. The assumption of exogeneity of the proximate determinants is rejected and shown to understate their influence. The model allows identification of the means through which female education affects fertility. Secondary schooling is found to have particularly strong effects, raising the age of cohabitation and reducing the duration of breast-feeding. The two transmission mechanisms are offsetting since delayed cohabitation limits fertility while shortened breast-feeding increases it for older women. However, the impact via age at cohabitation dominates, except amongst the older cohorts. Copyright 1996 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Appleton, Simon, 1996. "How Does Female Education Affect Fertility? A Structural Model for the Cote D'Ivoire," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 58(1), pages 139-166, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:58:y:1996:i:1:p:139-66
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    1. Álvarez Llorente, Gema, 1997. "Decisiones de fecundidad y de participación en el mercado de trabajo de la mujer en España," DE - Documentos de Trabajo. Economía. DE 3884, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
    2. Francesca Marchetta & David E. Sahn, 2016. "The Role of Education and Family Background in Marriage, Childbearing, and Labor Market Participation in Senegal," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 64(2), pages 369-403.
    3. Peter Glick & Christopher Handy & David E. Sahn, 2015. "Schooling, marriage, and age at first birth in Madagascar," Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 69(2), pages 219-236, July.
    4. Simon Appleton & John Hoddinott & John MacKinnon, 1996. "Education and health in sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(3), pages 307-339.
    5. Margaret E. Grosh & Paul Glewwe, 1998. "Data Watch: The World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study Household Surveys," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(1), pages 187-196, Winter.
    6. Jungho Kim, 2016. "Female education and its impact on fertility," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 228-228, February.
    7. David SAHN & Christopher HANDY & Peter GLICK, 2012. "Schooling, Marriage, and Childbearing in Madagascar," Working Papers 201225, CERDI.

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