ANALYSIS OF FERTILITY IN HAITI AND ITS DETERMINANTS FROM 1994-2012

Open Access
Author:
Riviere, Alexander Maxime
Area of Honors:
Economics
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Shapiro, Thesis Supervisor
  • Russel Chuderewicz, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • haiti
  • fertility
Abstract:
The demographic transition, the transition in countries from high fertility levels and high mortality to low fertility levels, has occurred in different countries at different times. In Haiti, the transition to lower fertility levels occurred in the 1980s, much later than in other Caribbean countries. The previously persistent high fertility in Haiti has been well documented and analyzed but the transition to lower fertility has not. This paper will focus on analyzing the the determinants responsible for Haiti’s fertility transition will be analyzed over the years of 1994-2012. Using a multivariate reduced-form regression model, the effect of women’s schooling is uncovered as having a large impact on the decline of fertility rates in Haiti during this time period.