Yale University

For Research On Reproductive Health In Ghana

This renewal grant to Yale University would support research on the factors behind the decline in fertility in Ghana and its consequences on women’s health and productivity. The research team will analyze a series of five Ghana Living Standard Surveys collected from 1988 to 2005, and the 2009–10 Ghana Socio-Economic Panel Survey. Several topics will be explored in depth, including (1) the effects of local public services for reproductive health, family planning, and schooling; (2) the intergenerational transfers of schooling, land, and other assets; and (3) the impact of increases in women’s ownership of land (resulting from land tenure and inheritance laws passed in 1985), microenterprises, and business assets on their fertility and their children’s health and schooling.
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for the Law and Political Economy Project at Yale Law School  
Legal scholarship and practice have been central to neoliberalism’s success as both a conceptual paradigm and a political and economic practice. While neoliberalism is most commonly associated with economics and the social sciences — particularly among thinkers such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman — it is through the co-opting of legal scholarship, doctrine, and practice that neoliberal concepts have had their most far-reaching effects. Law and Political Economy (LPE), an emerging approach in legal scholarship and pedagogy, is the defining response to neoliberalism in the current legal academy. The work funded through this grant has been focused on advancing this approach. Its objective is to develop LPE into a wide-ranging shift that will change the way law is studied and taught, the public discussion of legal and political institutions and power, and law’s role in policymaking and political mobilization.

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