Women’s education, infant and child mortality, and fertility decline in rural and urban sub-Saharan Africa

by David Shapiro, Michel Tenikue
Demographic Research, Vol. 37, Article 21, pp. 669-708; Published 13 September 2017

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The principal question that the paper addresses is: How much have increased women’s schooling and reduced mortality contributed to fertility declines in urban and rural places in each of 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa? A secondary question is: What have been the changes in women’s schooling and mortality in urban and rural areas in these countries? The authors conclude that accelerating increases in women’s schooling and decreases in infant and child mortality have the potential to accelerate fertility decline in sub-Saharan Africa.

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