Fertility, Schooling and Work Transitions of Young Women in Africa: Understanding Determinants and Outcomes

Last updated September 2009
Abstract:
The proposed research is designed to improve our understanding of the determinants and impacts of family, school, and work transitions experienced by young women in Madagascar and Senegal. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a critical time in the lives of young women. The decisions that they and their families make regarding marriage, childbearing, schooling, and work will profoundly affect the rest of their lives. Through their effects on fertility, labor supply and productivity, and child health and schooling, these choices also can have major impacts on economic growth and welfare. However, our knowledge of these benefits, and of how policy and other factors influence young women's early life course transitions, remains poor for Africa.

Contact Information:
Patrick Plane, p.plane@u-clemront1.fr, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Development International (CERDI)