Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This study explores the economic relationships between women's schooling, fertility rates, and contraceptive use in Tanzania where population growth and fertility rates are among the highest in the world and aggravate the already ailing economy. Two models are used: fertility and contraceptive use. The study surveys women ages 15 to 49 drawing on 1996 data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). The study finds that women's schooling and other socioeconomic variables are important factors in explaining reproductive behavior. The fertility model indicates that education levels are consistently associated with lower fertility rates, while the contraceptive use model indicates that education is positively associated with contraceptive use. Overall, the findings stress the key role of women's education in reducing their desire for large family by improving their economic opportunities and the market value of their time.
Analysis; Case; Contraceptive; Countries; Developing; Economic; Fertility Schooling; Study; Tanzania; Women
Economics; Women's studies; Obstetrics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Ayoub, Ayoub Shaban, "An economic analysis of women's schooling on fertility and contraceptive use in developing countries: A case study of Tanzania" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1473.