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Family Structure, Implicit Contracts, and the Demand for Children in Southern Nigeria

Eleanor R. Fapohunda and Michael P. Todaro
Population and Development Review
Vol. 14, No. 4 (Dec., 1988), pp. 571-594
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/1973625
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1973625
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

An important debate in the population and development literature concerns whether the structure of families independently and systematically affects household decisionmaking processes and fertility differentials. Using a Transactions Framework and data from Southern Nigeria, this article examines, both theoretically and empirically, how three implicit Nigerian family contracts affect spousal reproductive goals and fertility behavior. The data reveal considerable differences in spousal fertility intentions, with fertility behavior strongly influenced by the nature of household contracts. Policy implications of the analysis are explored.

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