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The Effects of Conflict on Fertility in Rwanda

  • Kati Schindler


    (DIW Berlin, Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin, Germany)

  • Tilman Brück


    (DIW Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin)

The aim of this paper is to study the short and long-term fertility effects of mass violent conflict on different population sub-groups. The authors pool three nationally representative demographic and health surveys from before and after the genocide in Rwanda, identifying conflict exposure of the survivors in multiple ways. The analysis finds a robust effect of genocide on fertility, with a strong replacement effect for lost children. Having lost siblings reduces fertility only in the short term. Most interesting is the continued importance of the institution of marriage in determining fertility and in reducing fertility for the large group of widows in Rwanda.

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Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 102.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:102
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