Vincent Somville

Thematic seminars
Development and political economy seminar

Vincent Somville

Chr. Michielsen Institute and NHH
On the doorstep of adulthood: fertility and economic choices among young women of Tanzania
Joint with
Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Fortunata Makene, Linda Helgesson Sekei, Bertil Tungodden

IBD Amphi

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Amphithéâtre

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille



Maison de l'économie et de la gestion d'Aix
424 chemin du viaduc
13080 Aix-en-Provence

Friday, October 9 2020| 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]
Eva Raiber: eva.raiber[at]


Young women leaving school have to make important choices about family and employment. But a lack of opportunities may severely limit the possibility of achieving their life-long potential. We here report from a large-scale  cluster-randomized trial seeking to empower young women in Tanzania on health and entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship arm leads to a remarkable increase in self-employment and income, but also to an increase in fertility and teen pregnancies. We show that the positive effect on income can be explained by changes in preferences and knowledge and an occupational shift. The increase in fertility is then explained by an income effect, where higher incomes makes it affordable to raise a child earlier. Our results carry an important message to policy makers about the potential, but also the complexity, of female empowerment in low-income contexts.

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