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

Giota Panopoulou and Panos Tsakloglou

Applied Economics, 1999, vol. 31, issue 11, 1337-1351

Abstract: 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.

Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.1080/000368499323229

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