XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference
"Family size and educational outcomes among young people in India"
K.G. Santhya and A.J. Francis Zavier
During the last couple of decades, India has experienced a steady fall in its fertility. Studies exploring the impact of reductions in family size on life choices of young people, including educational outcomes among them are, however, limited in India. Drawing on data obtained from a sub-nationally representative study of youth in India, this paper seeks to examine the associations between declines in family size and educational outcomes among young people. Data from 13,627 and 6,824 young women and men aged 20–24, respectively, are used. Preliminary findings underscore that declines in family size is positively correlated with educational outcomes among young people. Young women and men from households with no/single sibling were more likely to have completed secondary education, and attended the last class regularly. These effects were more apparent in more progressive states than less progressive states.
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