The determinants of fertility in rural Peru: Program effects in the early years of the national family planning program


Author(s): Angeles G, Guilkey DK, Mroz TA

Year: 2005

J Pop Econ 2005. 18:367-389.
Using data from the 1991 Peru Demographic Health Survey, a linked Situation Analysis, and a unique region-level data set, this paper examines the determinants of fertility in rural Peru before and after the 1985 enactment of its National Policy on Population. The empirical framework combines a model of the timing and spacing of conceptions with a model of the timing of the placement of family planning services in communities in order to control for non-random placement of services. Results show the program helped reduce fertility post 1985. The magnitude of the effects is quantified with simulations.

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