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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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  • Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2005. "Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size : Evidence from the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22671, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
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    1. G. M. Arif & Faiz Bilquees, 2006. "Chronic and Transitory Poverty in Pakistan: Evidence from a Longitudinal Household Survey," MIMAP Technical Paper Series 2006:19, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
    2. Susilo Nur Aji Cokro Darsono & Mongkon Donkwa, 2016. "Factors Analysis of Household Poverty in Rural Area of West Kalimantan, Indonesia," Advances in Management and Applied Economics, SCIENPRESS Ltd, vol. 6(6), pages 1-2.
    3. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2007. "Impact of Children on Household Savings in the Philippines," Philippine Journal of Development PJD 2005 Vol. XXXII No. 2, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    4. Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2009. "Number of children and their education in Philippine households," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 46(2), pages 123-154, December.
    5. Bayudan-Dacuycuy, Connie & Lim, Joseph Anthony, 2013. "Family Size, Household Shocks and Chronic and Transient Poverty in the Philippine Households," MPRA Paper 64739, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. G. M. Arif & Faiz Bilquees, 2007. "Chronic and Transitory Poverty in Pakistan: Evidence from a Longitudinal Household Survey," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 46(2), pages 111-127.
    7. Barrios, Erniel B. & Mina, Christian D., 2009. "Profiling Poverty with Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines," Discussion Papers DP 2009-29, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    8. Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2006. "Children and Household Savings in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22672, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    9. 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 2012:02, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
    10. 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 22682, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    11. repec:eee:joecag:v:8:y:2016:i:c:p:19-27 is not listed on IDEAS
    12. Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2005. "Poverty, Fertility Preferences and Family Planning Practice in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22668, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    13. World Bank, 2012. "Liberia Poverty Note : Tracking the Dimensions of Poverty," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12320, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    Family Size; poverty; vulnerability; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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