Sarah R. Hayford

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The existing literature on the effect of the timing of first birth on women's wages generally concludes that there is a benefit to fertility delay, but one that is overstated by the raw correlation. In this paper I reconsider this question, but begin by diverging from the literature to redefine " timing " in terms of a woman's entry into the labor force,(More)
As the transition to adulthood becomes more protracted and less orderly, fewer young people occupy adult roles and experience the social control associated with these roles. One might therefore expect behaviors associated with the teenage years to spill over into older age groups, reflecting postponed entrance into full social adulthood. We test this(More)
Having an unintended birth is associated with maternal and child health outcomes, the mother-child relationship, and subsequent fertility. Unintended fertility likely also increases the risk of union dissolution for parents, but it is unclear whether this association derives from a causal effect or selection processes and whether it differs by union type.(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine how the contraceptive behavior of women in rural southern Mozambique is shaped by their individual and household characteristics; community characteristics; access to family planning services; and characteristics of health facilities. METHODS Quantitative and qualitative data were collected mostly between January 20 and December 15,(More)
Despite extensive research examining the correlates of unintended fertility, it remains a puzzle as to why racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to experience an unintended birth than non-Hispanic whites. This paper focuses on sexual literacy, a potential precursor of unintended fertility. Analyses use a unique dataset of unmarried young adults aged(More)
In many high-fertility countries, and especially in sub-Saharan Africa, substantial proportions of women give non-numeric responses when asked about desired family size. Demographic transition theory has interpreted responses of "don't know" or "up to God" as evidence of fatalistic attitudes toward childbearing. Alternatively, these responses can be(More)
South Korea was among the first countries to report both an abnormally high sex ratio at birth (SRB) and its subsequent normalization. We examine the role of son preference in driving fertility intentions during a period of declining SRB and consider the contribution of individual characteristics and broader social context to explaining changes in(More)
RESEARCH INTERESTS Fertility and the family: fertility intentions and behavior, marriage and family change, fertility differentials in the United States African demography: fertility intentions and behavior, marriage and family change, HIV and childbearing, female genital cutting; data collection experience in Malawi, Mozambique