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Economics influence fertility rates more than other factors
Date:4/30/2013

dulthood, according to this explanation.
  • Economic and investment This explanation suggests that rising costs of children and higher payoffs to investing in self and children reduce fertility with the shift to a market economy.
  • Cultural transmission This explanation holds that social perceptions of the value of children, ideal family size and acceptance of contraception influence fertility rates.

    Shenk's team used specially designed data collection and statistical methods to discern that "economic and investment" factors most clearly correlated to lower fertility. However, Shenk noted that the three possible explanations were interwoven. Although economic factors were significantly more influential, other phenomena such as mortality rates and health interventions also affect fertility decline in Bangladesh.

    "Few studies have compared those three possible explanations for fertility declines to determine which had the strongest effect," said Shenk. "Population growth rates have fallen globally, starting in 18th century Western Europe, but the exact cause was intensely debated because there are so many different explanations in the literature. Our study created a framework by which different explanations could be explicitly compared. Population data from any region could be analyzed using these methods to help researchers, government officials, health workers and others understand the key drivers of demographic change in that region."


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  • Contact: Tim Wall
    walltj@missouri.edu
    573-882-3346
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Source:Eurekalert

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