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What has driven the great fertility decline in developing countries since 1960?


Madsen, JB and Moslehi, S and Wang, C, What has driven the great fertility decline in developing countries since 1960?, The Journal of Development Studies, 54, (4) pp. 738-757. ISSN 0022-0388 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00220388.2017.1303675


Several developing countries are currently experiencing a significant fertility decline, however, academic economists have paid little attention to this transition. This paper seeks to explain the fertility transition by infant mortality, urbanisation, income, culture and educational attainment of females and males using annual data for 92 developing countries over the period 19602014. External instruments are used to deal with endogeneity. The results suggest that increasing per capita income, improved female education and increasing secularisation have been important determinants for declining fertility in the developing world.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fertility, economic development, developing countries
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Macroeconomics
Objective Field:Economic growth
UTAS Author:Wang, C (Dr Cong Wang)
ID Code:128113
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-09-03
Last Modified:2018-10-19

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