Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Challenge of World Poverty MIT Course 14.73
Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee
"The not so nice version is the cartoon I showed you where basically they can't control their fertility because they are idiots. And the nicer version, at least the more politically correct version, is they can't control their fertility because access to contraception is difficult."
"And that [study] tells you that having access to the program when you were young does have an effect, very significant effect. That's the t-statistic, 6.4% divided by 0.004. The t-statistic is through the roof. That's extremely significant. Shows you that a woman who had access to the family planning when she was 15 to 19 had about 6.4% fewer children. So that's very significant.
But is it very large? It's very, very small. It's less than one tenths of a child per woman." - Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee, The Challenge of World Poverty MIT Course 14.73 (2011)