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Critical perspectives on schooling and fertility in the developing world / Caroline H. Bledsoe ... [et al.] editors.
“Committee on Population, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council.”
ISBN 0-309-06191-1 (pbk.)
1. Birth control—Study and teaching—Developing countries. 2. Fertility, Human—Study and teaching—Developing countries. 3. Teenage girls—Education—Developing countries. I. Bledsoe, Caroline H. II. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Population.
HQ766.5.D44 C75 1999
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COMMITTEE ON POPULATION 1998
JANE MENKEN (Chair),
Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
CAROLINE H. BLEDSOE,
Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
The Population Council, New York
DAVID A. LAM,
Department of Economics, University of Michigan
LINDA G. MARTIN, RAND,
Santa Monica, California
MARK R. MONTGOMERY,
Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, and The Population Council, New York
W. HENRY MOSLEY,
Department of Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University
Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JAMES P. SMITH, RAND,
Santa Monica, California
BETH J. SOLDO,
Department of Demography, Georgetown University
LINDA J. WAITE,
Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
BARNEY COHEN, Director
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ALAKA M. BASU, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
CAROLINE H. BLEDSOE, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
ANTHONY T. CARTER, Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester
JOHN B. CASTERLINE, The Population Council, New York
IAN DIAMOND, Department of Social Statistics, University of Southampton
PARFAIT M. ELOUNDOU-ENYEGUE, RAND, Santa Monica, California
BRUCE FULLER, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
PAUL GLEWWE, The World Bank
JOHN G. HAAGA, Population Reference Bureau, Washington, D.C.
JENNIFER A. JOHNSON-KUHN, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
XIAOYAN LIANG, The World Bank
CYNTHIA B. LLOYD, The Population Council, New York
BARBARA MENSCH, The Population Council, New York
MARK R. MONTGOMERY, Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, and The Population Council, New York
MARGARET NEWBY, Department of Social Statistics, University of Southampton
DUNCAN THOMAS, RAND, Santa Monica, California
SARAH VARLE, Department of Social Statistics, University of Southampton
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The committee is grateful to the many individuals who made substantive and productive contributions to the project. Most important, we are indebted to the authors of the papers for their willingness to participate and to contribute with their special knowledge. Primary organization and planning for the workshop and this report was overseen by committee member Caroline Bledsoe, former committee member John Casterline, and former staff director John Haaga. The committee would also like to thank Barney Cohen, project director; LaTanya Johnson, project assistant; and Rona Briere, contract editor.
These papers have been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council (NRC). The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments to assist the authors and the NRC in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the purpose of the activity. The committee thanks the following individuals for their participation in the review of the papers in this report: William Axinn, Pennsylvania State University; Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania; Caroline Bledsoe, Northwestern University; John Casterline, Population Council; Teresa Castro-Martín, United Nations; Orieji Chimere-Dan, University of Witwatersrand; Elizabeth Colson, University of California, Berkeley; Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina; Bruce Fuller, University of California, Berkeley; Eugene A. Hammel, University of California, Berkeley; Jennifer Johnson-Kuhn, Northwestern University; Elizabeth King, World Bank; Anjini Kochar, Stanford University; David Lam, University of
Michigan; Thomas Pullum, University of Texas at Austin; Brian Street, University of Sussex; Stephen Tollman, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Nicholas Townsend, Brown University. While these individuals provided constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of this volume rests solely with the authoring committee and the NRC.
Finally, the committee gratefully acknowledges the United States Agency for International Development, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their generous financial support.
Female Education and Fertility: Examining the Links
What is Meant, and Measured, by "Education"?
Implications of Formal Schooling for Girls' Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries
Fertility, Education, and Resources in South Africa
Which Girls Stay in School? The Influence of Family Economy, Social Demands, and Ethnicity in South Africa
Excess Fertility, Unintended Births, and Children's Schooling
Fertility and Education: What Do We Now Know?
Critical Perspectives on Schooling and Fertility in the Developing World
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