Fertility and economic development: theoretical considerations and cross-country evidence

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The paper presents a theoretical background for the analysis of the relationship between fertility and a number of socioeconomic factors associated with the process of economic development and analyses empirically this relationship within a cross-country framework. Fertility is found to be negatively related with female education, urbanization and family planning and positively related with the levels of infant mortality and economic development, whereas no significant relationship between fertility and female labour force participation is established. Sensitivity analysis is performed and the policy implications of the empirical findings are briefly discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/000368499323229

Publication date: November 1, 1999

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