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Demographic Transition Towards Smaller Household Sizes and Basic Infrastructure Needs in Developing Countries

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  • Quentin Wodon

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  • Amadou Bassirou Diallo

    () (World Bank)

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A key component of Poverty Reduction Strategies in developing countries consists in assessing the needs of the population in terms of access to basic services such as education, health care, and basic infrastructure. Using Demographic and Health Surveys from 40 countries, this note shows that the needs for household-level services such as connections to the water and electricity networks is likely to be substantially underestimated if governments do not take into account the impact of the demographic transition towards smaller household sizes apart from the impact of population growth. The basic infrastructure needs stemming from the trend towards smaller household sizes is of an order of magnitude equal to half of the needs from population growth.

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  • Quentin Wodon & Amadou Bassirou Diallo, 2007. "Demographic Transition Towards Smaller Household Sizes and Basic Infrastructure Needs in Developing Countries," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 15(11), pages 1-11.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-07o20001
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    1. Banerjee, Sudeshna & Diallo, Amadou & Foster, Vivien & Wodon, Quentin, 2009. "Trends in household coverage of modern infrastructure services in Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4880, The World Bank.
    2. Sudeshna Banerjee & Quentin Wodon & Amadou Diallo & Taras Pushak & Helal Uddin & Clarence Tsimpo & Vivien Foster, 2008. "Access, Affordability, and Alternatives : Modern Infrastructure Services in Africa," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12558, The World Bank.
    3. Sudeshna Banerjee & Amadou Bassirou Diallo & Quentin Wodon, 2007. "Measuring Trends in Access to Modern Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa : Results from Demographic and Health Surveys," World Bank Other Operational Studies 9553, The World Bank.
    4. Christos Koulovatianos & Polina Minkovski & Carsten Schröder, 2009. "Per-capita income versus household-need adjusted income: a cross-country comparison," Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Income Distribution, vol. 18(3-4), pages 11-23, September.

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    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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