Second Annual Hewlett/PRB Research Conference on Population Impacts on Economic Development

The Second Annual Research Conference on Population Impacts on Economic Development was held in Arusha, Tanzania, on Dec. 8-9, 2007, immediately prior to the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) Fifth African Population Conference. The world's most prominent researchers on population and economic development (PED) met to explore the state of the field, emphasizing new methodologies and priority research topics.

Conference participants came together to learn about ongoing and planned research on how population dynamics and reproductive health affect economic development. Researchers continued to work together to identify gaps in evidence and methods that inhibit development of sound policies on population, family planning, and reproductive health (FPRH). There remains a significant focus on how to communicate research to policymakers.

Additionally, a growing international network of researchers has formed a Community of Research Practice (CoRP) on Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development. Organizations involved in the CoRP are the Hewlett Foundation, Population Reference Bureau, UK's Economic and Social Research Council, the World Bank, the African Economic Research Consortium, and grantee academic institutions. The network of researchers established through these research programs will maintain contact through annual research conferences, biannual methodology workshops, and other activities to build the research community of interest. Researchers actively pursuing study in relevant fields are encouraged to contact the program sponsors for further information about funding and conference opportunities.

Agenda (PDF: 144KB)

Conference Participants and Presentations

Hilary Standing (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex): Women's Health in Africa: Methodological Challenges in Making Links with Population Research (PDF: 164KB)

Damien De Walque (World Bank) (PDF: 151KB)

Gerrie Tuitert (NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development) (PDF: 1.32MB)

Jo Duffy (Economic and Social Research Council) (PDF: 383KB)

Rachel Nugent (Center for Global Development)

Yves Charbit (Centre Population et Développement)

Murray Leibbrandt (University of Cape Town): The Impact of Teen Fertility on Schooling (PDF: 88KB)

Paulina Adebusoye (International Consultant affiliated with the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research): Reproductive Health of Married Adolescents in Northern Nigeria (PDF: 137KB)

Michelle Poulin (World Bank): Marriage Transitions in Malawi (PDF: 183KB)

Damien De Walque (World Bank)

Marcos Vera Hernandez (Institute for Fiscal Studies): The Economic Effects Of Improving Maternal And Newborn Health In Poor Rural Communities In Malawi (PDF: 36KB)

Jotham Musinguzi (Director of the Africa Office of Partners in Population and Development, Uganda): Charting a Path for Population within the Finance Ministry (PDF: 50KB)

John Cleland (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): Making Population Policy a Compelling Issue to Policymakers

David Weil (Brown University): When Does Improving Health Raise GDP? (PDF: 124KB)

David Canning (Harvard University) (PDF: 49KB)

Gunther Fink (Harvard University): Fertility, Female Labor Force Participation, and the Demographic Dividend (PDF: 100KB)

Olu Ajakaiye (African Economic Research Consortium): Reproductive Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction (PDF: 46KB)

Tom Merrick (World Bank): Progresa Evaluation (PDF: 279KB)

Rebecca Thornton (University of Michigan) (PDF: 242KB)

Michael White (Brown University): Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: Insights from Ghana (PDF: 1.46MB)

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue (Cornell University): The "Gender-Parity Dividend" from African Fertility Transitions: Theoretical Pathways and New Evidence (PDF: 332KB)

Martha Campbell (University of California, Berkeley): UK Parliamentary Hearings On The Impact Of Population Growth In The World's Lowest Resource Settings (PDF: 1.21MB)

Ernesto Amaral (Federal University of Minas Gerais): Demographic Change and Economic Development at the Local Level in Brazil (PDF: 157KB)

Javier Baez (Syracuse University): Civil Wars Beyond Their Borders: The Human Capital and Health Consequences of Hosting Refugees (PDF: 1.13MB)

Jean Nahrae Lee (Harvard University): Gender, Intrahousehold Decisionmaking, and the Demand for Children (PDF: 186KB)

Rehka Varghese (University of Chicago): Monster-in-law? The Effect of Co-resident Mother-in-law on the Welfare of Bangladeshi Daughters-in-law (PDF: 128KB)

Amber Peterman (University of North Carolina): Women's Property Rights And Gendered Policies: Implications For Women's Long-Term Welfare In Rural Tanzania (PDF: 2.28MB)

Robert Eastwood (University of Sussex): Prospects for a "Demographic Gift" in Sub Saharan Africa (PDF: 74KB)

Tamara Fox (Hewlett Foundation): Closing Discussion and Moving Forward (PDF: 84KB)