A Theory of Population Growth When Women Really Count

Kyklos, Vol. 52, pp. 27-43, 1999

Posted: 17 Jan 2010

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Date Written: 1999

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Altman, Morris, A Theory of Population Growth When Women Really Count (1999). Kyklos, Vol. 52, pp. 27-43, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536802

Morris Altman (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle ( email )

University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

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