Skip to main content

STICERD Work in Progress Seminars

Demand for Children and the Income-Fertility Gradient in Sub-Saharan Africa

Celine Zipfel (Economics, LSE)

Friday 14 February 2020 13:00 - 14:00

Many of our seminars and public events this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @STICERD_LSE for updates.

Unless otherwise specified, in-person seminars are open to the public.

Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.

About this event

Current and projected population growth rates in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) constitute a major policy concern, especially as they are highest among the poorest segments of the region’s population. Governments, international organizations and philanthropies have thus far focused their efforts on contraceptive access, but evidence consistently suggests that contraceptive access can explain at most 25% of the reduction in total fertility rates. This project therefore puts the focus back on the demand side of this issue, by investigating the determinants of the negative income-fertility gradient within SSA countries. The seminar will document some key facts motivating the research question and outline the steps of a structural estimation exercise as an attempt to answer it.

STICERD Work in Progress seminars are held on Fridays in term time at 13:00-14:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Philip Barteska and Alix Bonargent

For further information please contact Lubala Chibwe, either by email:

Please use this link to subscribe or unsubscribe to the STICERD Work in Progress seminars mailing list (sticwip).