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Basic Profile of Early Childbirth in the Ghana


  • Male, Chata
  • Wodon, Quentin T.


This brief has provided a basic profile of early childbirth in Ghana. The key messages are mentioned : Measures of early childbirth are substantial in Ghana. The share of women aged 18-22 who had a child before 18 is 15.5 percent, but it has decreased slightly over time. The share ofgirls who had a child before the age of 15, at just one percent, has also decreased slightly. Early childbirth is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and employment withcash earnings. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

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  • Male, Chata & Wodon, Quentin T., 2016. "Basic Profile of Early Childbirth in the Ghana," Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs 105925, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hnpkbs:105925

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