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Population MattersDemographic Change, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Developing World$
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Nancy Birdsall, Allen C. Kelley, and Steven Sinding

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244073.001.0001

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Demographic Transition and Poverty: Effects Via Economic Growth, Distribution, and Conversion

Demographic Transition and Poverty: Effects Via Economic Growth, Distribution, and Conversion

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(p.213) 9 Demographic Transition and Poverty: Effects Via Economic Growth, Distribution, and Conversion
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Population Matters
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Robert Eastwood

Michael Lipton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199244073.003.0009

This chapter examines the results of Eastwood and Lipton (1999) which indicate that high fertility change has large negative growth and distribution effects on poverty. It is argued that the ‘conversion effect’ of high fertility on poor and near poor people’s capacity to turn a given consumption and income into capabilities and well-being is also negative and large. The strength of interactions between fertility and poverty are shown in the context of various ‘vicious circles’ that have emerged as centrepieces of the new development economics.

Keywords:   fertility, poverty, economic growth, economic development, demographic change, poor

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