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Determinants of cumulative fertility in Kenya

  • William K. A. Agyei (a1) and Joseph Mbamanya (a1)

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This paper analyses the effects of age at first marriage, level of education, place of residence, marriage disruption, religion, contraceptive use, and work status on cumulative fertility in Kenya, using data from the 1977–78 Kenya Fertility Survey. Age at first marriage is the main determinant of cumulative fertility, but there are significant effects of level of education and marriage disruption. Place of residence is only significant for the Coast province. The implication of the findings is that to promote any real decline in fertility, emphasis should be placed on providing higher education and work opportunities for young women as an alternative to early marriage.

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  • William K. A. Agyei (a1) and Joseph Mbamanya (a1)

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