Research Objectives

The objective of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowship is to produce sound evidence on the role of population and reproductive health in economic development that could be incorporated into national and international economic planning and decision making. The fellowship is intended to be a broker for interdisciplinary research that crosses the health-economics divide. Therefore, the primary outcome of the analysis should be economic and emphasize rigorous data analysis. In addition, the research must have a strong policy-relevant component, and the fellow must engage in communicating research results with program managers, planners, and policymakers.

Listed below are examples of specific research questions that address program objectives. These examples are not intended to be comprehensive.

Microeconomic Analyses

Sample Question: How do reproductive health outcomes affect economic outcomes at the individual and household levels?

Sample Outcomes:

  • Labor: productivity, labor force participation.
  • Savings: savings behavior of women, children, and households.
  • Sectoral investments: for adolescents or adult women.
  • Education: investments in male or female education and expected returns.

Macroeconomic Analyses

Sample Question: How will projected trends in fertility, mortality, and migration affect economic growth, income distribution, and the incidence of poverty?

Sample Outcomes:

  • Policy variables, such as those influencing labor force participation and savings, and their effect on the relationships among population change, economic growth, and the incidence of poverty.
  • Fertility and mortality impacts on growth and poverty.
  • National and regional level modeling of how reproductive health investments in sub-Saharan Africa relate to labor supply and savings.

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