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Title:Female Education and Fertility: Some Evidence from Sierra Leone
Author:Ketkar, Suhas L.
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Health and Nutrition
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4190606
Abstract:The relationship between a housewife's educational attainment and the number of children she has borne has received considerable attention. In view of the constrasting evidence from developed and developing countries, this paper attempts to explore the reasons for the inverted U-shape relationship between female education and fertility in developing countries. Data from Sierra Leone are used. Sections: 1. Brief description of the demographic survey from which all the primary data used are derived and presentation of the observed relationship between fertility and female education; 2. the female education threshold (the critical education level at which fertility begins to decline) is derived using the multiple regression technique within the general framework of the household model; 3. discussion of the reasons for the existence of this thresholds; 4. Using the threshold with respect to female education, an alternative fertility model is specified and estimated to obtain the positive and negative marginal effects of female educational attainment; 5. results. Notes, tab.