A Theory of Population Growth When Women Really Count
Kyklos, Vol. 52, pp. 27-43, 1999
Posted: 17 Jan 2010
Date Written: 1999
Conventional economic theories of population growth assume that women and men have the same preferences with respect to the target number of children. For this reason, they fail to explain important patterns of demographic change, particularly in less developed regions of the world. In this article, a model of population growth is developed which examines the implications of assuming that women prefer fewer children than men. In this scenario, changes in variables which serve to empower women, such as education and family planning, contribute to the reduction of family size and, thereby, the rate of population growth, irrespective of relative prices and levels of income.
Keywords: Population growth, Women, Demographic change, Children, Family size, Prices, Income
JEL Classification: Q56, J16
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