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Basic Profile of Early Childbirth in Zambia


  • Male, Chata
  • Wodon, Quentin T.


This brief has provided a basic profile of early childbirth in Zambia. Measures of early childbirth are high. The share of women ages 18-22 who had their first child before 18 is29.5 percent, but it has decreased over time. The share of women with their first child before 15 is at just 2.0 percent. Early childbirth is associated with lower wealth and lower education levels, and higher labor force participation. These are however only correlations, not necessarilycausal effects. Other briefs in this series look at potential 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 Zambia," Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs 106424, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hnpkbs:106424

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