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Product variety and the demographic transition

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  • Guzmán, Ricardo Andrés
  • Weisdorf, Jacob Louis

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Why does the rate of population growth decline in the face of economic growth? We show that growing product variety may induce a permanent reduction in the demand for children and a continuous rise in income and consumption.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 107 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 74-76

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:74-76

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Keywords: Demographic transition Demand for children Product variety Malthus;

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  1. David de la Croix & Omar Licandro, 2009. "“The Child is Father of the Man:” Implications for the Demographic Transition," Working Papers 376, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
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  2. Sascha O. Becker & Francesco Cinnirella & Ludger Woessmann, 2013. "Does women's education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia," European Review of Economic History, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(1), pages 24-44, February.
  3. Sascha O. Becker & Francesco Cinnirella & Ludger Woessmann, 2011. "Does Parental Education Affect Fertility? Evidence from Pre-Demographic Transition Prussia," CESifo Working Paper Series 3430, CESifo Group Munich.

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