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Gender, lineage, and fertility-related outcomes in Ghana


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    Department of Sociology, 211 Oswald Tower, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-6207.

Department of Sociology, OH 266, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1905 (


A growing literature examines the empirical relationship between the joint reproductive preferences of marital partners and reproductive outcomes in Africa. Less explored is how spousal power in decision making may be influenced by lineage type. Using pooled data from Ghana, we investigate how lineage affects gendered reproductive decision outcomes and find some evidence that matrilineal women are more able than nonmatrilineal women to translate their reproductive preferences into action consistent with their goals.