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Assignment 5 Part 3

Assignment 5 Part 3 - Prof Findley PLSC 328 Assignment 5...

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Prof. Findley PLSC 328 Assignment 5 Part 3 a) I think that the fertility rate would decrease as female literacy rate increases. This would be because as women become more literate they understand the risks of sexual activity and options of contraception. As they become more literate they would be more inclined to practice contraception. b) Yes, it appears according to the graph that as literacy increases, fertility decreases. c) a. Yes. The t value is so large (-16.19) and the p-value is 0. We can conclude that it is statistically significant b. Yes, we can tell by looking at the graph that the data is heteroskedastic, and with this many observations you should run robust standard errors to be safe anyway. c. It estimates that as literacy increases by 1 unit, fertility decreases by .052 units. Increasing literacy by a large percentage would have a substantive effect on fertility rates and could lower them by a significant amount. But a small increase in female literacy would have a fairly limited impact. d) Yes, there is a statistical relationship between mortality rates for children under 5 and female literacy rates. With a t value of -12.62 and a p-value of 0, it is clearly statistically significant. The regression coefficient is 1.989. Therefore, as female literacy increases by 1 unit, mortality rates for children under 5 decrease by 1.989 units. This is very important as a very substantial change in mortality rate for children under 5 is seen even in small increases of female literacy.
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