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A Theory of Population Growth When Women Really Count


  • Altman, Morris


Conventional economic theories of population growth assume that women and men have the same preferences with respect to the target number of children. For this reason, they fail to explain important patterns of demographic change, particularly in less developed regions of the world. In this article, a model of population growth is developed which examines the implications of assuming that women prefer fewer children than men. In this scenario, changes in variables which serve to empower women, such as education and family planning, contribute to the reduction of family size and, thereby, the rate of population growth, irrespective of relative prices and levels of income. Copyright 1999 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Altman, Morris, 1999. "A Theory of Population Growth When Women Really Count," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(1), pages 27-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:52:y:1999:i:1:p:27-43

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    1. Berg, Nathan, 2003. "Normative behavioral economics," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 411-427, September.
    2. Hedwig Lutz, 2000. "Women Torn between Parenting and Gainful Employment," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 73(5), pages 341-350, May.
    3. Charles Kenny, 2010. "Is Anywhere Stuck in a Malthusian Trap?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(2), pages 192-205, May.

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