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What has driven the great fertility decline in developing countries since 1960?

Madsen, JB, Moslehi, S and Wang, C ORCID: 0000-0002-6852-5490 2018 , 'What has driven the great fertility decline in developing countries since 1960?' , The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 54, no. 4 , pp. 738-757 , doi: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1303675.

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Several developing countries are currently experiencing a significant fertility decline, however, academic economists have paid little attention to this transition. This paper seeks to explain the fertility transition by infant mortality, urbanisation, income, culture and educational attainment of females and males using annual data for 92 developing countries over the period 1960–2014. External instruments are used to deal with endogeneity. The results suggest that increasing per capita income, improved female education and increasing secularisation have been important determinants for declining fertility in the developing world.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Madsen, JB and Moslehi, S and Wang, C
Keywords: fertility, economic development, developing countries
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Development Studies
Publisher: Frank Cass Co Ltd
ISSN: 0022-0388
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1303675
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