Assessing Fertility and Nuptiality Differentials of Rural and Urban Iran

Che-Fu Lee, Mohammad Khan


Delayed marriage and non-marriage were the important factors
of fertility decline in the classic case of Western Europe [8,1] and in
some parts of Eastern Europe [16]. Changes in age structure of marriage,
though not so much in the proportion of non-marriage, have also been
observed along with trends of fertility decline in the recent history of
some Eastern Asian Countries see, for example, [6,17]. In light of these
historical cases it is natural to ask what is, and will be the relative
impact of nuptiality and fertility change on the growth of populations
in developing nations which remain high in fertility and traditionally
are married young and nearly universally.

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