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The influence of rapid rural-urban migration on Korean national fertility levels

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  • Bun Song Lee,
  • Farber, Stephen C.

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We apply an autoregressive model to personal migration and pregnancy histories recorded in the 1974 Korean World Fertility Survey to assess the adaptation effect of rural-urban migration on migrant fertility and national fertility levels. The results support the hypothesis that there is a substantial adaptation effect which increases as the size of the destination city increases. The effect of rural-urban migration on national fertility levels is significant. It was estimated that the 945,400 rural-urban women migrants who moved between 1965 and 1970 would avoid, on average, 71,300 births annually during their 24 years of urban residence.

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  • Bun Song Lee, & Farber, Stephen C., 1985. "The influence of rapid rural-urban migration on Korean national fertility levels," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 47-71.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:17:y:1985:i:1:p:47-71
    DOI: 10.1016/0304-3878(85)90020-3
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    1. Michel Beine & Frédéric Docquier & Maurice Schiff, 2013. "International migration, transfer of norms and home country fertility," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 46(4), pages 1406-1430, November.

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