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The Impact of Education, Income, and Mortality on Fertility in Jamaica

Citation

Handa, Sudhanshu (2000). The Impact of Education, Income, and Mortality on Fertility in Jamaica. World Development, 28(1), 173-86.

Abstract

The socioeconomic determinants of cumulative and recent fertility are investigated with micro data from Jamaica, a middle-income country with low rates of infant mortality and total fertility. Infant mortality has a significant nonlinear influence on fertility, peaking at a mortality rate of 0.46. Both education and income have strong negative effects on births but the impact of education is larger; for rural women the birth elasticities are −0.15 and −0.45 for income and education, respectively. Finally, the transmission of the education effect appears to be through raising the value of time of the woman rather than changing preferences.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(99)00114-X

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

World Development

Author(s)

Handa, Sudhanshu

Year Published

2000

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

1

Pages

173-86

Reference ID

2608