The Demand for Children in a "Natural Fertility" Population

Dennis De Tray


The paper is concerned with two theories that proport to
explain fertility variations In developing countries. The first of these
theories is based on supply or natural fertility considerations while
the second looks to (the underlying) costs and benefits of children as
one Source explanation for fertility differences. These theories
indicate that demand consideration do explain some of the systematic
variation in fertility even among "noncontracepting" populations.

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