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More on the determinants of the fertility transition.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2270507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The economic approach to fertility is an application of the economics theory of consumer behavior. It is assumed that consumers of children are utility-maximizers with stable preferences over time. Thus, changes in fertility are related to changes in household income and the "price" of children. One concern in this approach is that demographic changes are a product of changes in tastes rather than exogenous changes in economic factors such as the earning ability of women. In this paper, the effect of economic variables on the demand for children in the United States in 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980 is examined. Support is provided for the hypothesis that the earning ability of women is an important determinant of fertility.
W Sander
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social biology     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0037-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Biol     Publication Date:    1990 Spring-Summer
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-02-19     Completed Date:  1991-02-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0205621     Medline TA:  Soc Biol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-8     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Department of Economics, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate
Infant, Newborn
Socioeconomic Factors*
Women, Working / statistics & numerical data

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