Experimental Approaches to Assessing the Economic Determinants and Consequences of Contraceptive Adoption in Zambia

Last updated October 2009

Nava Ashraf; Erica Field

Little rigorous empirical evidence exists to substantiate claims that access to reproductive health services and technologies impact the economic lives of women and children, or that decisions about contraceptive use and fertility respond to improvements in economic opportunities. We will conduct a field experiment to rigorously establish these causal relationships in urban Zambia. We will assess the impact of increases in access to family planning services on reported fertility desires, contraceptive use, fertility and economic outcomes. The baseline survey and intervention were implemented in Lusaka, Zambia in 2007. A follow-up survey in 2008, for which we are seeking funding, will facilitate the investigation of the broader impact of contraceptive adoption on outcomes for women and children, a more thorough analysis of decisionmaking within the household about fertility and contraceptive adoption, and an investigation of the importance of peer effects.
Contact Information:
Nava Ashraf, nashraf@hbs.edu; Erica Field, efield@latte.harvard.edu, Harvard University