The economic consequences of reproductive health and family planning

  title={The economic consequences of reproductive health and family planning},
  author={David Canning and T. Paul Schultz},
  journal={The Lancet},
Family Planning in Zambia: An Investment Pillar for Economic Development
A case is presented for making investments in voluntary family planning (FP), underpinned by a human rights framework, as a pillar for accelerating development and socio-economic advancement in Zambia.
Family Planning in Zambia: An Investment Pillar for Economic Development.
A case for making investments in voluntary family planning, underpinned by a human rights framework, as a pillar for accelerating development and socio-economic advancement is presented from the Zambian context.
Family planning: choices and challenges for developing countries.
  • M. Mbizvo, S. Phillips
  • Economics, Medicine
    Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology
  • 2014
Socialized Healthcare and Women's Fertility Decisions
The estimates indicate that the FMP significantly reduced childbearing among both teenagers and women ages 20-29, and the patterns in which the program effect has evolved over time differs between the two groups of women in a way that provides additional insights about the mechanisms.
Family Planning: Program Effects
Family Planning and Its Association with Nutritional Status of Women: Investigation in Select South Asian Countries
The results reveal that women’s nutritional status has significant relationship with planning of births and suggest that planning for timing, spacing and limiting of births can promote better nutritional status in women.
Context-specific, evidence-based planning for scale-up of family planning services to increase progress to MDG 5: health systems research
Local health planners are in a prime position to devise feasible context-specific activities to overcome constraints and increase met need for family planning to accelerate progress towards MDG 5.
Human fertility in relation to education, economy, religion, contraception, and family planning programs
A novel quantitative analysis of total fertility rate (TFR) suggests that religiosity may counteract the ongoing decline of fertility in some regions and countries.
Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive Use in sub-Saharan Africa Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Economics, Medicine
  • 2013
Sustained decline in fertility helps to reduce child dependency ratios and increase the number of working age people, which can boost investments in human capital and economic productivity if job-creating economic reforms are enacted.


Family Planning and Women’s and Children’s Health: Long-Term Consequences of an Outreach Program in Matlab, Bangladesh
The benefits of this reproductive and child health program in rural Bangladesh have many dimensions extending well beyond fertility reduction, which do not appear to dissipate rapidly after two decades.
The long-term fertility impact of the Navrongo project in northern Ghana.
Initial effects met the need for child spacing without introducing a sustained demographic transition, and policy debates concerning the role of family planning programs in rural Africa are addressed.
Fertility, contraceptive choice, and public policy in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has invested massively in public infrastructure since independence in 1980. The impact of these investments on demographic outcomes is examined using household survey data matched with two
Family Planning as an Investment in Development: Evaluation of a Program's Consequences in Matlab, Bangladesh
The paper analyzes 141 villages in Matlab, Bangladesh from 1974 to 1996, in which half the villages received from 1977 to 1996 a door-to-door outreach family planning and maternal-child health
The impact of the Navrongo Project on contraceptive knowledge and use, reproductive preferences, and fertility.
Findings show that knowledge of methods and supply sources increased as a result of exposure to project activities and that deployment of nurses to communities was associated with the emergence of preferences to limit childbearing.
Contraception as Development? New Evidence from Family Planning in Colombia
There has been considerable debate in the last decade about whether or not family planning programmes in developing countries reduce fertility or improve socio-economic outcomes. This article
Childbearing and Women's Survival: New Evidence from Rural Bangladesh
An extended period of heightened mortality risk associated with each birth-the year of the birth and the two subsequent years is identified and family planning programs, by reducing the number of children and therefore a woman's exposure to extended maternal mortality risk, potentially increase survival.
The height of women in Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of health, nutrition, and income in childhood
It was found that variations in cohort adult height over time are sensitive to changes in infant mortality rate, GDP per capita, and protein intake, both at birth and in adolescence.
Microcredit, Family Planning Programs, and Contraceptive Behavior: Evidence From a Field Experiment in Ethiopia
It is found that neither type of program led to an increase in contraceptive use that is significantly greater than that observed in the control group, and it is conjecture that the lack of impact has much to do with the mismatch between women’s preferred contraceptive method and the contraceptives provided by community-based agents.