Fertility After a Large-Scale Disaster (ICPSR 34466)

Principal Investigator(s): Nobles, Jenna, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Department of Sociology


The residents of coastal Sumatra were one of many populations devastated by major disasters in the last decade - in this case the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Though studies have captured aspects of economic and structural recovery following these events, few have considered their demographic implications. This project aimed to fill this gap using data from a multi-level, longitudinal study fielded in Indonesia before and after the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Survey of Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery collected data from households in over 500 communities spanning a continuum of exposure to the disaster. Using satellite data to identify exposure variation, this project looked for temporal trends in the total fertility rate in heavily damaged communities that differ from the temporal trends in undamaged communities. The project then developed a series of tests to identify whether the observed fertility trends were best interpreted as resulting from tsunami-driven changes to contraceptive access, family formation behavior, or the demand for additional children.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    disasters, fertility, fertility rates, natural environment, tsunamis

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Indonesia, Sumatra

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. Jenna Nobles

8128 Sewell Social Sciences

1180 Observatory Drive

Department of Sociology

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI 53706

email: jnobles@ssc.wisc.edu