Socio-Demographic Changes in the Timing of First Birth in Ghana: Evidence from Three Waves of the Demographic and Health Survey Data

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2018
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PAA.
Abstract
This study employs the 1988, 1998 and 2014 waves of the Demographic and Health Survey Data to examine the effect of the social and demographic factors such as birth cohorts, education, marital status, place of residence, region of residence, ethnicity, and religion on changes in the age at first birth in Ghana. Preliminary analysis using the Cox regression model of the data show that overall age at first birth has been increasing over the years in Ghana. Moreover, the data show that the changes in age at first birth has been affected by the two main coordinates of modernization, namely, education and level of urbanization even though factors such as ethnicity, birth cohorts, marital status and religion have also played a role in explaining the changes in the timing of birth. The policy implications of the findings are discussed
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First Birth, Socio-Demographic, Health Survey Data
Citation
Amoateng, A. Y., & Ayiga, N. (2018, April). Socio-Demographic Changes in the Timing of First Birth in Ghana: Evidence from Three Waves of the Demographic and Health Survey Data. In PAA 2018 Annual Meeting. PAA.