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Economic Status Proxies in Studies of Fertility in Developing Countries: Does the Measure Matter?

Citation

Bollen, Kenneth A.; Glanville, Jennifer L.; & Stecklov, Guy (2002). Economic Status Proxies in Studies of Fertility in Developing Countries: Does the Measure Matter?. Population Studies, 56(1), 81-96.

Abstract

This paper investigates the consequences of using different economic status proxies on the estimated impact of economic status and other determinants of fertility. Using micro survey data from Ghana and Peru, we find that the proxies for income that best predict fertility are a principal components score of the ownership of consumer durable goods and a simple sum of ownership of these durable goods. Furthermore, the choice of the proxy generally has a minor influence on the predicted effects of the control variables. We compare the results from using a restricted set of proxies, such as those available in the Demographic and Health Surveys, with the results obtained using a lengthier set of proxies. Our results suggest implications beyond fertility analyses by providing researchers with an awareness of the sensitivity of microanalyses to the treatment of economic status. Our results also suggest practical recommendations for the collection of survey data.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324720213796

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Population Studies

Author(s)

Bollen, Kenneth A.
Glanville, Jennifer L.
Stecklov, Guy

Year Published

2002

Volume Number

56

Issue Number

1

Pages

81-96

Edition

20101201

Reference ID

1778