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Product Variety and the Demographic Transition

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  • Ricardo Andrés Guzmán

    (Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile)

  • Jacob Weisdorf

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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Why does the rate of population growth decline in the face of economic growth? We show that growing product variety may induce a permanent reduction in the demand for children and a continuous rise in income and consumption.

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  • Ricardo Andrés Guzmán & Jacob Weisdorf, 2009. "Product Variety and the Demographic Transition," Discussion Papers 09-25, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0925
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    1. Becker, Sascha O; Cinnirella, Francesco; Woessmann, Ludger, 2011. "Does Parental Education Affect Fertility? Evidence from Pre-Demographic Transition Prussia," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 41, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
    2. Sascha O. Becker & Francesco Cinnirella & Ludger Woessmann, 2013. "Does women's education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia," European Review of Economic History, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(1), pages 24-44, February.

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    Keywords

    demographic transition; demand for children; product variety; Malthus;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • N30 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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