Population and Development in Ethiopia: Investigating the Impact of Fertility on Household Economy (Emphasis on Selected Case Studies in Amhara National Regional State)

Last updated December 2010
Theoretical and empirical evidence suggests that, in poor countries, a high fertility rate impedes the economic wellbeing of households and household members. The general objective of this study is to investigate the impacts of fertility on household economic well-being in Ethiopia. We developed a household survey in which parents were asked, in a structured interview, about their past fertility behavior and their current economic well-being at a given point in time. The structured interview will be supplemented by unstructured discussions (focus group discussions) among samples of participants. Data will be analyzed both statistically and textually to understand the link between parents’ fertility and conditions of the household’s economic well-being. We predict that parents with a low fertility rate will score better in economic well-being.

Contact Information:
Chalachew Getahun, chalget2000@yahoo.com, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia