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CIDR Seminar Series: Monica Grant "Nuptiality Change and the Fertility Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Start Date: 2/2/2018Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 2/2/2018End Time: 3:00 PM
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Event Description:
The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) presents the next in our 2017/18 series of demography seminars

Monica Grant
Associate Professor of Sociology, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Nuptiality Change and the Fertility Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa"

Despite decades of policies and international efforts aimed at reducing fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, the total fertility rate remains above five births per woman in most countries.  Prior studies of fertility decline in the region have mostly focused on the role played by high child mortality, contraceptive use, educational attainment, and socioeconomic development, among other factors. We revisit the role that nuptiality change--divorce, remarriage, polygyny, and the age at first marriage--may play in the fertility transition.  In particular, we examine the hypothesis that high levels of divorce and remarriage are important determinants of fertility decline in the region.  In this paper, we will first use 25 years of data from the Demographic and Health Surveys in sub-Saharan Africa to examine how nuptiality changes are associated with changes in the total fertility rate at the sub-national level.  In the second half of our analysis, we will use 14 years of observation from the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health to examine whether women who recently entered a new union are more likely to have a birth than women in ongoing partnerships.

Pre-Seminar: We will meet at 1:00pm to have lunch with the speaker 

Talk will being at 1:30pm

Post-Seminar: CIDR fellows and Demography Certificate students are strongly encouraged to meet with the speaker after the seminar to discuss her work further and consult about graduate school, research, job market, career, etc.


Newman Hall, Oak Room (room 203)
137 East 22nd Street
Non-Baruch ID holders must RSVP in advance to gain access to the building. 

Contact Information:
Name: Michael Marino
Phone: 646 660 6813
Monica Grant
  • CUNY Institute for Demographic Research

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