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Agbutun S Adzugbele, Iheonu O Chimere, Anyanwu C Ogochukwu and Ineghenehi P Augustine
 
''What determines fertility among women in Nigeria? A disaggregated analysis using Poisson Regression''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.4 )
 
 
Nigeria continues to face rapid population growth and outburst due to rising rates of fertility. And With weak economic growth rate and rising unemployment, it becomes desirable for the country to seek for ways through which this rising rate of fertility could be cushioned. Hence, this study investigates the determinants of fertility in Nigeria. The study utilized data from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) by employing the Standard Poisson regression, and the Ordinary Least Squares for estimations. The result showed that maternal education, income, use of contraception, Access to health center, Place of Residence, age, and age at first Birth all had significant impact on fertility rate. Furthermore, the findings revealed that the determinants of fertility differed among geo-political zones. The study concludes by emphasizing the role of education, use of contraception, and enlightenment of women in cushioning the rise in fertility in the country. Further recommendations are also discussed.
 
 
Keywords: Fertility, Microeconometrics, Nigeria, Poisson Regression, Women
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
 
Manuscript Received : Feb 04 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 18 2020

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