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Geography, Health, and Demo-Economic Development

  • Holger Strulik

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

This paper investigates the interactive impact of subsistence consumption and child mortality on fertility choice and child expenditure. It offers an explanation for why mankind multiplies at higher rates at geographically unfavorable, tropical locations. In a macro-economic framework it proposes an indirect channel of geography’s influence on economic performance. It explains why it are the world’s unfavorably located regions where we observe exceedingly slow (if not stalled) economic development and demographic transition.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 05-15.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0515
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