Colonial Origins of Fertility Behaviors: Evidence on the Role of Forced Labor Migration in Burkina Faso

Marie Christelle Mabeu is a postdoctoral fellow at the King Center on Global Development whose research focuses on development economics, health economics, and political economy. She presented her research into the long-term impact of forced labor migration in colonial times on fertility behaviors and preferences in Burkina Faso. She found that villages exposed to colonial forced labor have lower fertility rates today, more temporary migration among men and less reliance on agricultural needs for family.

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