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Basic Profile of Early Childbirth in Cote dIvoire

Chata Male and Quentin Wodon

No 106385, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Measures of early childbirth are high in Cote d’Ivoire. The share of women ages 18-22 who had a child before 18 is 29.7 percent, but it has decreased over time. The share of girls who had a child before the age of 15, at five percent, has also decreased. Early childbirth is associated with lower wealth, lower education levels, and employment without cash earnings. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. This brief has provided a basic profile of early childbirth in Cote d’Ivoire. Measures of early childbirth are high. The share of women ages 18-22 who had their first child before 18 is 29.7 percent and it has decreased over time. The share of women with their first child before 15 is at 5.1 percent. Early childbirth is associated with lower wealth and lower education levels, and employment with payment in kind. These are however only correlations, not necessarily causal effects. Other briefs in this series look at potential causal effects. This brief was produced as part of the Child Marriage Series.

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Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2016-03
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