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Will the Desired Family Size in sub-Saharan Africa Change?

A new article by Sarah Harper Will the Desired  Family Size in sub-Saharan Africa Change? has been published on the front page of the Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad, 28 November 2015.

Work at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing is focusing on the importance of desired family size as a driver of high childbearing in several sub-Saharan African countries.

Ideal family size is still greater in Africa than in the West , says Professor of Gerontology at the British Oxford University Sarah Harper.

"Surveys suggest that many well-educated middle class women in sub-Saharan Africa want a family with about four children. It is much more than educated women in  many Asian countries  where two children are now the norm," she says.