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Liu and Raftery Publish New Findings about Education and Fertility Trends

Posted: 3/30/2021 (CSDE Research)

UW Statistics Doctoral Student Daphne Liu and CSDE Affiliate Adrian Raftery recently published new research in Population and Development Review showing how education may accelerate fertility decline. They examine the relative influence of several different mechanisms including women’s education, children’s school enrollments, contraceptive prevalence, and unmet need. They find that women’s educational attainment is far more influential than children’s school enrollment in accelerating fertility declines.  They also find that increasing contraceptive prevalence is more important than decreasing unmet need. To read more about the research, please see the article.  They recently also published a short research note through N-IUSSP that summarizes those findings and the policy implications. 

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