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Health, demographic transition and economic growth

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  • Jorgensen, Ole Hagen
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    This paper develops a link between four central components of the demographic transition: survival rates; fertility decisions; altruistic intergenerational transfers from workers toward their parents; and economic growth. An increase in child survival is found to reduce the fertility rate and altruistic transfers, and thereby increase the savings rate and the productivity growth rate. The analysis illustrates the key role of child health in the demographic transition.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5304.

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    Date of creation: 01 May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5304

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    Keywords: Population Policies; Economic Theory&Research; Emerging Markets; Access to Finance; Health Monitoring&Evaluation;

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