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Determinants of fertility at the macro level: new evidence for latin america and the caribbean


  • Veronica Amarante

    () (Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)


This article analyses the factors associated with the decline of fertility in Latin America. Based on the microeconomic approach to fertility determinants, we use macro panel data for Latin American and Caribbean countries for the period 1960-2000. We estimate fertility determinants and test for the robustness of alternative specifications and different assumptions about the exogeneity of child mortality. Our results indicate that differences in fertility rates in time and among countries in the region in this period are mainly related to womenís education and, to a lesser extent, to GDP evolution and the process of urbanization.

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  • Veronica Amarante, 2014. "Determinants of fertility at the macro level: new evidence for latin america and the caribbean," Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, College of Business, vol. 48(2), pages 123-135, April-Jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:jda:journl:vol.48:year:2014:issue2:pp123-135

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    Fertility Determinants; Latin America and the Caribbean; Macro Panel Data;

    JEL classification:

    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean


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