Fertility, Education, and Development: Evidence from India

Fertility, Education, and Development: Evidence from India Fertility has declined significantly in many parts of India since the early 1980s. This article examines the determinants of fertility levels and fertility decline, using data on Indian districts for 1981 and 1991. The authors find that women's education and child mortality are the most important factors explaining fertility differences across the country and over time. Low levels of son preference also contribute to lower fertility. By contrast, general indicators of modernization and development such as urbanization, poverty reduction, and male literacy exhibit no significant association with fertility. En passant, the authors probe a subject of much confusion— the relation between fertility decline and gender bias. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Population and Development Review Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services
ISSN
0098-7921
eISSN
1728-4457
DOI
10.1111/j.1728-4457.2001.00033.x
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Abstract

Fertility has declined significantly in many parts of India since the early 1980s. This article examines the determinants of fertility levels and fertility decline, using data on Indian districts for 1981 and 1991. The authors find that women's education and child mortality are the most important factors explaining fertility differences across the country and over time. Low levels of son preference also contribute to lower fertility. By contrast, general indicators of modernization and development such as urbanization, poverty reduction, and male literacy exhibit no significant association with fertility. En passant, the authors probe a subject of much confusion— the relation between fertility decline and gender bias.

Journal

Population and Development ReviewWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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