Regional variations of fertility in Malawi

Ezekiel Kalipeni, L. Harrington

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This paper briefly examines the regional variations of fertility rates in Malawi between 1977 and 1987. Data from the 1977 and 1987 censues and other government documents are employed to assess the levels and variation of fertility rates at the district level. The results of the analysis contained in this paper indicate that, at the regional and district levels, there is generally a weak relationship between fertility rates on the one hand and demographic/socioeconomic variables on the other hand. The explanation for this is two-fold. First, the high levels of fertility across the districts of the country are largely due to deep rooted traditions that encourage large family sizes. Second, the infusion of modernization has tended to weaken certain affective traditional norms that worked to lengthen child spacing between successive births. The absence of modern family planning techniques has meant rising fertility rates even among the highly educated women and those residing in urban areas. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-247
Number of pages26
JournalScandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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