Effects of Education on Determinants of High Desired Fertility: Evidence from Ugandan Villages

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Title:Effects of Education on Determinants of High Desired Fertility: Evidence from Ugandan Villages
Creators:
Bauer, Michal
Chytilová, Julie
Streblov, Pavel
Journal or Publication Title:
AUCO Czech Economic Review, 1, 3, pp. 286-302
Uncontrolled Keywords:fertility, education, development, demography

Abstract

High desired fertility is an important factor contributing to the population explosion in sub-Saharan Africa. On a broad sample of 910 respondents from rural areas of Uganda this paper assesses the impact of health risks, economic contributions from children, traditional community institutions and unequal position of women on desired fertility levels. The paper further scrutinizes how these determinants are affected by education. The results show that fear of disease and involvement in traditional clan institutions increase the desired number of children. Interestingly, these effects can be remarkably mitigated through education, which improves individual health prevention as well as reduces the influence of clans. The economic incentives for having children seem to be less significant than other factors. In addition, a very significant difference in desired fertility between men and women emerges; nevertheless, education leads to both reduction and convergence of their desired fertility levels. All these findings suggest that education stimulates a complex change in fertility preferences and underline the importance of education as an efficient tool for reducing rapid population growth.

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Title:Effects of Education on Determinants of High Desired Fertility: Evidence from Ugandan Villages
Creators:
Bauer, Michal
Chytilová, Julie
Streblov, Pavel
Uncontrolled Keywords:fertility, education, development, demography
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:Section of external journals > AUCO Czech Economic Review
Journal or Publication Title:AUCO Czech Economic Review
Volume:1
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 286-302
ISSN:1802-4696
Publisher:Charles University
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http://auco.cuni.czPublisher
http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/183Publisher
ID Code:4309
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:01 Jun 2009 18:32
Last Modified:01 Jun 2009 16:32

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Bauer, Michal; Chytilová, Julie; Streblov, Pavel (2007) Effects of Education on Determinants of High Desired Fertility: Evidence from Ugandan Villages. AUCO Czech Economic Review, 1 (3). pp. 286-302. ISSN 1802-4696

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