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Late-Twentieth-Century Fertility Decline in Moldova: Interplay of Female Autonomy, Wealth, and Education.
Authors: Ryabov, Igor
Source: Journal of Family History, Apr2010, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p164-179, 16p
Topic(s): Education
Fertility
Wealth Index
Women's autonomy
Country: Eastern Europe
  Moldova
Published: APR 2010
Abstract: The aim of this article is to empirically assess the impact of female decision-making autonomy, educational attainment, and wealth on risks of having low-parity births and fertility preferences in the Republic of Moldova. The empirical analysis uses data from the 2005 Moldova Demographic and Health Survey. Hazard modeling is applied to study the transition to first, second, and third birth, while logistic regression is used to model desire for children. Considered for the first time are female decision-making autonomy measures, indicators that are essential in evaluating premises of gender equity theory. The main focus of the analysis is to assess the relative importance of female decision-making autonomy, education, and wealth for the timing of fertility, odds of having low-parity births, and desired fertility in Moldova. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]