Lec_13_Factors Regulating Human Fertility_2_16_09

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Unformatted text preview: The Demographic Transition: Factors Influencing Human Fertility A male heir is an object of first importance. By a son a man obtains victory. By a son's son he enjoys immortality. And by the son of that grandson he reaches the solar abode. from Malthus, 1978, Essay on Principle of Population The Population Policy Question How can or should the public encourage a decline in human fertility? Is population growth a big problem, even the fundamental environmental problem? What can or should we do about this problem? Assumptions of the rational actor model of human fertility: 1. Individuals and families try to maximize their economic well being. 2. People make rational decisions about child bearing. Two principles of human population growth (Malthus) 1. Human population can grow faster than the increase in food production. 2. Unless people are starving, they will continue to reproduce. KEY RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN FERTILITY PROJECT 1.Prior to the demographic transition there was little individual initiative to regulate family size. Two principles of human population...
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2009 for the course NTRES 2010 taught by Professor Fahey,tj during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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