Past Event

Climate Change Impacts on Fertility

April 19, 2023
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Forum at Columbia University, 601 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027 Meeting Room 301

CIESIN 25th Anniversary Seminar Series: "Climate change impacts on fertility in low- and
middle-income countries"

An event in the CIESIN 25 th Anniversary series (, and organized in collaboration with the Columbia Population Research Center ( 

Presenters: Côme Cheritel and Raya Muttarak

Côme Cheritel: Paris School of Economics, ENPC, France, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria,

Raya Muttarak: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, and University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, Italy

Based on a paper by Côme Cheritel, Roman Hoffmann and Raya Muttarak


Climate change has already affected human health and wellbeing. It is thus also possible
that it may directly or indirectly affect reproductive health and fertility. Few existing studies
on the impact of climate variability or extreme climatic events on fertility focusing on a single
country/location case study present inconsistent findings with negative climatic conditions
leading to an increase in fertility on the one hand, and fertility decline on the other. To date,
there are no comprehensive cross-national empirical studies on the impacts of global warming
on fertility which are fundamental for tackling inconsistency in the findings. To perform such
analysis, harmonised data for a large number of countries are required. In particular, data
with a temporal and spatial granularity allowing matching of local climatic conditions with the
outcome of interest i.e., fertility, are needed. Such data, however, are not yet readily available
given a lack of data structure that is suitable (or easily adaptable) to deal with this problem.
While the census data can be used to derive fertility statistics, the data are collected over a
rather large time interval – often every 10 years – making it impossible to detect the effects
of climate change on fertility behaviour in a robust manner. Likewise, fertility statistics are
mainly available on a national scale, which masks regional heterogeneities that are of relevance
to capturing the local climate impact. In order to address this issue, this study aims to produce
a database of total fertility rate and age-specific fertility rate at the subnational level on a
monthly and annual basis.


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