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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Masters of Arts in Economics
Title Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of Fertility in North Eastern Kenya
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://erepository.uonbi.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/11295/98794/Murigi_Socioeconomic and Demographic​Determinants of Fertility in North Eastern Kenya.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Abstract
The key objective of this study is to analyze the socioeconomic and demographic factors
influencing fertility of women in North Eastern Kenya. North Eastern region was selected
because its Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 6.4 in 2014 was the highest among all regions in the
country and was much higher than the national average of 3.9. While TFR for other regions have
been reducing over time, in the North Eastern region the fertility rate has been on the rise. This
research uses data from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) data and
focuses on women aged 15 - 49. A Poisson count data model is employed. Variables studied
include: total children ever born, educational level, residence, contraceptive use, age, work
status, access to media, religion, age at first marriage and marital status. Among these,
respondent’s age, age at first marriage, marital status, religion, access to media, ever use of
contraceptives, higher education and work status were found to have a significant relationship
with fertility. Age, marital status, use of contraception and religion positively influence fertility
while age at first marriage, higher education, access to media and work status negatively
influence fertility. Therefore, based on these study findings, increasing opportunities for higher
education for women, engagement of Muslim religious leaders in population control activities,
improving access to radio and use of radio programmes for awareness and information are
recommended.

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