The US Demographic Transition
Jeremy Greenwood and
Ananth Seshadri ()
No 487, RCER Working Papers from University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER)
Between 1800 and 1940 the U.S. went through a dramatic demographic transition. In 1800 the average woman had 7 children, and 94 percent of the population lived in rural areas. By 1940 the average woman birthed just 2 kids, and only 43 percent of populace lived in the country. The question is: What accounted for this shift in the demographic landscape? The answer given here is that technological progress in agriculture and manufacturing explains these facts.
Keywords: fertility; technological progress; agriculture; manufacturing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E1 J1 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
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Journal Article: The U.S. Demographic Transition (2002)
Working Paper: The U.S. demographic transition (2002)
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