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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Extensive research in both developed and developing countries has shown that preferences and intentions for future childbearing predict behavior. However, very little of this research has examined high-fertility contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, the factors that increase or decrease correspondence between fertility desires and(More)
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