Social Transmission and the Spread of Modern Contraception in Rural Ethiopia

Alexandra Alvergne*, Mhairi A. Gibson, Eshetu Gurmu, Ruth Mace

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Abstract

Socio-economic development has proven to be insufficient to explain the time and pace of the human demographic transition. Shifts to low fertility norms have thus been thought to result from social diffusion, yet to date, micro-level studies are limited and are often unable to disentangle the effect of social transmission from that of extrinsic factors. We used data which included the first ever use of modern contraception among a population of over 900 women in four villages in rural Ethiopia, where contraceptive prevalence is still low (

Original languageEnglish
Article number22515
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • PARENTAL INVESTMENT
  • DEMOGRAPHIC-TRANSITION
  • FERTILITY TRANSITIONS
  • LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS
  • NETWORKS
  • EVOLUTIONARY
  • WOMEN
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • BANGLADESH
  • BEHAVIOR

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