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Effects of Education on Determinants of High Desired Fertility: Evidence from Ugandan Villages (M. Bauer, J. Chytilová, P. Streblov)

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D., PhDr. Michal Bauer, PhDr. Pavel Streblov
Type: Article in collection
Year: 2007
Number: 0
Published in: Proceedings from the Education and Development Conference 2007, Tomorrow People Organization
Publishing place: Bangkok
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Grants: GACR 402/05/H510 Ekonomická teorie politických trhů
Abstract: On a broad sample of 910 respondents from the rural areas of Uganda this paper assesses the determinants of high desired fertility. The results show that fear of diseases and involvement in traditional clans increase desired number of children. These effects can be remarkably mitigated through education that improves the individual health prevention as well as reduces the influence of clans. 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 both to 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 efficient tool for reducing rapid population growth.




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