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Fertility and the Bolsa Família Program: demographic determinants under conditional cash transfers in Brazil

Nelson, Jeffrey (2013) Fertility and the Bolsa Família Program: demographic determinants under conditional cash transfers in Brazil. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2003, the Brazilian government launched the Bolsa Família Program (BFP) to combat severe poverty and inequality. Much literature has explored the effects of the Program on human capital and related indicators (literacy rates, child labor participation, etc). Demographic literature focuses on whether the Program affects fertility, but this literature does not address household fertility decisions of the participants. The purpose of my research is to assess the determinants of fertility among the BFP population. This study uses cross-sectional data from IGBE’s 2011 National Household Sample Survey. Via the use of a multiple linear regression methodology it can be predicted that several variables significantly influence the fertility of BFP beneficiaries. Identification of significant variables that influence fertility decisions allows policymakers to focus resources to specific individuals and alter their fertility rates. Should policymakers seek to influence fertility rates (quantity), then, according to the Beckerian model, they also gain the ability to change quality (human capital).


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEl-Hamidi, Fatmafatma@pitt.eduFATMA
Committee MemberRipoll, Marlaripoll@pitt.eduRIPOLL
Committee MemberAmes, Barrybarrya@pitt.eduBARRYA
Committee MemberKovak,
Date: 26 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 April 2013
Approval Date: 26 April 2013
Submission Date: 19 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 66
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Economics
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: What determines fertility rates among women that participate in conditional cash transfer programs in Brazil?
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 19:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:12


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