Rangel participates in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs expert meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fertility
The Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs held held an expert meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fertility at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 and 11 May 2021. Marcos Rangel, Associate Professor in the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, presented Pandemics and fertility: Lessons from the Brazilian Zika virus epidemics .
The purpose of the meeting was: (a) to review experiences from past public health and economic crises and identify mechanisms through which the COVID-19 pandemic may affect fertility in various parts of the world; (b) to assess recent data on marriage and union formation, fertility preferences, use of family planning, and reported numbers of births from selected countries with a view to assess the possible impact of the pandemic on fertility; and (c) to provide recommendations for the Division to develop assumptions on the impact of the pandemic on fertility levels and trends at the global, regional and subregional levels in the short to medium term in support of the official United Nations population estimates and projections that are currently being revised and updated by the Division.
Findings of the meeting will be published in a summary report later in 2021 and will also inform other publications and data sets produced by the Population Division.