World Health & Population

World Health & Population December 2003 .doi:10.12927/whp.2003.17629

The Interaction between Health and Fertility: Evidence from the Ivory Coast

Ousman Gajigo

Abstract

This paper looks at the interaction between parental investment in child health and fertility. There is evidence that health investment, in the form of vaccinations, has a negative association with fertility and lower fertility in turn encourages more investments in children. Unlike most of literature on the interaction between the quantity of children and parental investment, this paper looked at health investment (measured by vaccinations) as a measure of child "quality" rather than educational attainment.

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