Megan Costa Talk

Family Change Across the Life Course

Two demographic drivers of family change are central to accelerating rates of population aging; shifting fertility behaviors and increased longevity at older ages. Demographic research on the discrepancy between fertility intentions and behavior has generally focused on high-income, low-fertility contexts, where on average women have fewer children than their ideal family size. Within these contexts, unwanted or unplanned pregnancies are associated with high-risk maternal behaviors during pregnancy. I leverage longitudinal data to assess whether children from unwanted births in a high fertility, high mortality Bolivian population have differential nutritional outcomes relative to their wanted peers. To understand how concurrent life course stages within the household may affect children, I use cohort data from Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam to estimate whether co-residence of aging grandparents is associated with worse nutritional outcomes in children. Taken together, these two arms of my research program aim to improve our understanding of how adult co-resident kin influence child health and well-being.

Monday, October 15, 2018
SS 204