Sumeet Shivam Lal

Sumeet Shivam Lal

Name: Sumeet Shivam lal

School: School Of Economics

Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics

Degree of Enrolment: Masters of Commerce in Economics

Research Area: Modern Analytical Demographics: Fertility transitions and its impact on current and future school Enrolment Rate in Fiji.

Current Research Summary:

The primary objective of the research is to investigate whether or not fertility decline in the future would also affect Fiji’s school enrolment rates. Considering the fact that Fiji is currently in stage 3 of the demographic transition, it would not be surprising to see extreme changes in the overall population composition of the country. The trend of declining births would also result in a significant decline/drop in the number of children entering into school system. In order to prove that, modern analytics will be used to determine the future of these variables using SPECTRUM software. This software would use the current available data and trends of enrolment rates to impute future values of enrolment rates for both primary and secondary schools in Fiji. The basis on which this forecast will be computed is by having a predator variable “fertility” which is also one of the key determinants of population change in the country. Having 2 parameters of “baseline scenario of declining total fertility rate” and another as “holding fertility rate constant”, will extensively help in doing comparative analysis as this because both parameters will project different outcomes of school enrolment rates.

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