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Fertility response to natural disasters : the case of three high mortality earthquakes
 
Author:Finlay, Jocelyn E.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4883
Country:Pakistan; Turkey; India; Date Stored:2009/03/30
Document Date:2009/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:Europe and Central Asia; South Asia
Report Number:WPS4883SubTopics:Population Policies; Hazard Risk Management; Youth and Governance; Street Children; Natural Disasters
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: The event of a natural disaster, and being directly affected by it, brings a large shock to life-cycle outcomes. In addition to the replacement effects of higher fertility following a disaster that caused high mortality, a positive fertility response may be induced as children can be used to supplement household income. This paper analyzes three high mortality earthquakes: Gujarat, India, in 2001; North-West Frontier, Pakistan, in 2005; and Izmit, Turkey, in 1999. There is evidence of a positive fertility response to exposure to these large-scale natural disasters in addition to the response to child mortality. The results in this study are consistent with those of other studies that also find a positive fertility response following exposure to a disaster.

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