EDUCATION, PLACE OF RESIDENCE AND FERTILITY DIFFERENTIALS AMONG WOMEN IN NIGERIA

Sani Rabiu, Mohammad Ahmad

Abstract


Fertility is one of the major factors that affect population growth in every society in the world. Variation in fertility performance however, creates differentials in fertility among women of childbearing age. This paper focuses on the influence of education and place of residence on fertility differential among women in Nigeria. The paper also examines the fertility differentials based on educational attainment of women all over the country which is found to be obvious that women with high level of education tend to have lower fertility than their counterparts. The paper also looked into fertility differentials in Nigeria generally, and the specific factors that are responsible for the differential in fertility of women between the six geopolitical zones in the country. The study reveals that both education and place of residence play a significance role in residential variation as well as variation among women of the same residence in their fertility performance. The study recommended that, adequate and proper fertility policy formulation and implementation as well as more private sector involvement in the campaign for the use of fertility control measures, will regulate the fertility of women and will reduce population growth in Nigeria. 

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