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Some Observations on the Economic Framework for Fertility Analysis

N. Krishnan Namboodiri
Population Studies
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Jul., 1972), pp. 185-206
DOI: 10.2307/2173577
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2173577
Page Count: 22
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Some Observations on the Economic Framework for Fertility Analysis
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Abstract

Gary Becker suggested more than a decade ago that the economic theory of demand for consumer durables can be applied to the analysis of fertility differentials. His thesis was severely criticized by many demographers. The present paper suggests ways of meeting most of the serious objections levelled against Becker's model. The paper shows how the exercise leads to a working model of marital fertility. The model is presented in the hope it will have value as a `binder' for the interpretative schemes now available in the literature on fertility differentials, or as a framework to provide for the diverse empirical data now available. A superficial examination, the results of which are not reported here, has indicated that the model is capable of standing up to such tests.

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