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The Demographic Transition: Factors Influencing Human Fertility
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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
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The Population Policy Question How can or should the public encourage a decline in human fertility?
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Is population growth a big problem, even the fundamental environmental problem? What can or should we do about this problem?
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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.
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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.
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KEY RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN FERTILITY PROJECT 1.
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