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Guilherme Sedlacek, Reema Nayar, and Agnes Quisimbing surveyed and summarized the relevant research literature and graciously provided household survey results from Brazil. I would like to thank Elizabeth King of the Education and Employment Division of PHR for her help and comments. Many of the themes of this presentation are drawn from the book edited by Elizabeth King and M. Anne Hill and published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, Women's Education in Developing Countries: Barriers, Benefits, and Policies.
Figure 6: Educating Women Reduces National Fertility Rates. , table 27 for population weighted regional averages of total fertility rates and table 32 for female secondary enrollment per 100 males. Figure 7: Educated Women Have Fewer Children. The graph uses the regional averages reported in United Nations, 1988, Fertility Behaviour in the Context of Development: Evidence from the World Fertility Survey, New Page 22 York (table 112, p. 225). The study reports total fertility by female education level from the world fertility surveys of thirty countries.
McDonald, and S. O. Rutstein, 1984, "Socioeconomic Factors in Infant and Child Mortality: A Cross National Comparison," Population Studies, volume 38, p. 198 (table 3). Their study summarizes the results on child mortality by mother's education from the World Fertility Survey for twenty-eight countries. Figure 6: Educating Women Reduces National Fertility Rates. , table 27 for population weighted regional averages of total fertility rates and table 32 for female secondary enrollment per 100 males.