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Socio-economic factors, fertility and its proximate determinants in Côte d'Ivoire

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  • Simon Appleton

A structural model of fertility and its proximate determinants is estimated for the Cote d'Ivoire. Female secondary schooling is found to raise the age of cohabitation and reduce the duration of breast-feeding. Age at cohabitation and the duration of breast-feeding are both shown to reduce fertility, implying that the two effects of female education identified are offsetting. Fro younger cohorts, the impact via age at cohabitation dominates. The assumption of exogeneity of cohabitation and breast-feeding to fertility is rejected and shown to under-state the extent to which these limit fertility.

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Paper provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford in its series CSAE Working Paper Series with number 1995-03.

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Date of creation: 1995
Publication status: Published in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol 58(S1), February 1996, pp.139-166
Handle: RePEc:csa:wpaper:1995-03
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