Study: “The Effects of Crisis on Women’s Reproductive Behavior, and the Welfare of the Next Generation”
PI(s): Lundberg, Mattias
Affiliation(s): World Bank
Institutional Partner(s): World Bank
Geographic Location(s): sub-Saharan Africa
Current discussions of the impact of economic crises on welfare have been contentious and inconclusive. There is not sufficient evidence for understanding how social, economic, or environmental shocks affect human capital development or outcomes in the long run, whether in nutrition and health, education, or subsequent childbearing decisions. This research will examine the long-run impacts of shocks on outcomes in adulthood, and whether these impacts extend to the welfare of the next generation. It will utilize selected household data sets from sub-Saharan Africa to see whether and in what circumstances there is any correlation between the early life experiences of different cohorts of adult women and their human capital outcomes, their subsequent fertility decisions, and the health and well-being of their children. In what contexts are women and children most vulnerable to economic shocks, and who are comparatively well-protected?