Volume 23 - Article 15 | Pages 421-444

Family size, adolescents’ schooling and the Demographic Transition: Evidence from Brazil

By Leticia Marteleto

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Date received:22 Sep 2009
Date published:20 Aug 2010
Word count:5673
Keywords:adolescents, Brazil, education, family size, Latin America


The goal of this paper is to address whether and how the changing family sizes of cohorts of adolescents born pre- and post-demographic transition are associated with increasing schooling of Brazilian adolescents. Decomposition analyses of nationally representative data demonstrate that, although a higher proportion of post-demographic transition cohorts live in smaller families, they also suffer a larger disadvantage from being in larger families than pre-demographic transition cohorts. Additional case studies and comparative works are needed to disentangle the mechanisms behind the dynamic association between sibship size and adolescents’ educational attainment found in Brazil.

Author's Affiliation

Leticia Marteleto - University of Texas at Austin, United States of America [Email]

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