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Reproductive Behaviour in Pakistan: Insigh ts from the Population, Labour Force, and Migration Survey 1979-80

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  • ZEBA A. SATHAR

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)

  • MOHAMMAD IRFAN

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)

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Pakistan, with a population of 83 million at the 1981 census, ranks as the ninth largest nation in the world. Owing to the persistently high levels of fertility and the concomitant relativelylow levelsof mortality, Pakistan's population has registered an annual growth rate of about 3 percent over the last two decades. This high growth rate poses a problem to all those concerned with the effects of rapid population growth in the face of limited global resources. Although a slight decline in Pakistan's fertility had been recorded in 1975, it was considered to be of little significanceand a phenomenon too recent to influence population growth [1]. A 12-percent decline in fertility during the 1970-75 period, as suggestedby the Pakistan Fertility Survey (PFS) data, however, generated hopes that Pakistan may well be entering into an era of declining fertility. There is an urgent need to investigate whether this decline was real and whether it continued in the late Seventies. Answers to these queries are of paramount importance both for population-related research and for policy formulation. In this context, the data collected for Studies in Population, Labour Force, and Migration (PLM)- a PIDE/ILO-UNFPAproject [5] - may be extremely useful.

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Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

Volume (Year): 23 (1984)
Issue (Month): 2-3 ()
Pages: 207-223

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  1. Naushin Mahmood & Syed Mubashir Ali, 1983. "Nuptiality Patterns in Pakistan," PLM Project Reports 1983:2, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  2. Alam, Iqbal & Mohammad, Irfan & Farooqi, Naseem Iqbal & Sheikh, Khalid Hameed & Siyal, H. B. & Syed, Tariq Ahmad & Nasir, Zafar Mueen & Haq, Rashida, 1983. "Fertility Levels, Trends and Differentials in Pakistan: Evidence from the Population, Labour Force and Migration Survey 1979-80," MPRA Paper 39566, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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