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Fertility and Social Interaction: An Economic Perspective

Hans-Peter Kohler


Considerable controversy exists among demographers, economists, and sociologists over the causes of fertility change in developing and developed countries. The neoclassical economic approach to fertility is embraced by its supporters because it facilitates the application of sophisticated consumer and household production theory to one of the most private and intimate questions: a couple's reproductive behaviour. Despite the theoretical appeal of the economic approach, it has been eschewed by many critics because of its lack of social and institutional context, its neglect of cultural factors ... More

Keywords: coordination problems, demography, development, diffusion, fertility, population, social interactions, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199244596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans-Peter Kohler, author
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
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