Fertility regulation in an economic crisis

Journal Article

Governments and donor organizations devote substantial resources to making family planning services widely available and affordable, in the belief that effective use of family planning leads to increased investments in children and higher per capita income in low-income countries. Striking the right balance between family planning program cost recovery and affordability for clients is key and depends critically on the responsiveness of couples' contraceptive choices to variation in the prices of contraceptives. Second, the ability of the Indonesian government to subsidize contraceptives was severely curtailed not only because of the decline in real resources in the public sector but also because government budgets were set in nominal terms well before the onset of the crisis. The third reason that the Indonesian crisis is a good context is that people exploit unusually rich longitudinal data designed to identify the impact of prices on contraceptive demand, among other questions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McKelvey, C; Thomas, D; Frankenberg, E

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 7 - 38

PubMed ID

  • 25843969

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-0079

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/666950