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Addressing High Fertility and Low Women’s Work Participation: An Empirical Reflection on India

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dc.contributor.advisor Stough, Roger R. Das Gupta, Debasree
dc.creator Das Gupta, Debasree 2013-12 2014-10-16T20:09:54Z 2014-10-16T20:09:54Z 2014-10-16
dc.description.abstract The window of a one-time economic benefit from “demographic dividend” presents itself as countries undergoing the demographic transition experience fertility decline and a rising share of women in the workforce. India is projected to enter the optimal period of that phase in 2015. Yet, in this soon to become most populous nation of the world, persisting trends of high fertility in the North and low levels of economic activity among urban women pose a dual problem. Conceived against this context, the aim of this dissertation is to investigate regional variations in aggregate level outcomes in fertility and women’s work. Using techniques from empirical spatial econometrics, fertility and women’s work is modeled across the cross of section of Indian districts in 2001. The key findings of this research highlight cultural diffusion as a salient factor for accelerating fertility decline in the North and identify a greater negative effect of fertility in cities outside of farm and nonfarm family based work. The policy implications and relevance of this research for other developing countries are discussed at conclusion.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Debasree Das Gupta en_US
dc.subject diffusion en_US
dc.subject female work participation en_US
dc.subject fertility en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.subject spatial regression en_US
dc.title Addressing High Fertility and Low Women’s Work Participation: An Empirical Reflection on India en_US
dc.type Dissertation en PhD in Public Policy en_US Doctoral en Public Policy en George Mason University en

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