New times, new families: the stall in Ghanaian fertility

Samuel Agyei-Mensah, University of Ghana

In recent times, population scientists have shown increasing interest in stalled fertility transitions. The patterns and explanations of these stalls make interesting studies. This paper examines the case of Ghana based on data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). The main aim of the paper is to examine the recent stall in the fertility decline in Ghana and to explain its dynamics. The findings show that the pace of the Ghanaian fertility decline stagnated during the period of the 1998 and 2003 DHS. The recent fertility change has revealed varying patterns of fertility at the regional level. In the Northern Region, for example, persistent high fertility has been evident, whereas in the Greater Accra region, the fertility decline has stalled. The stall in fertility is explained within the framework of both individual as well as broader societal factors.

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Presented in Session 19: Explanations for stalled and persistently high fertility