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An empirical test of a Neo-Malthusian theory of fertility change

By Eric Neumayer

Abstract

Some neo-Malthusians regard fertility as being kept in check by scarcities and constraints and, conversely, as being raised by economic prosperity. Since out-migration to developed countries and the receipt of food aid from developed countries relax the constraints imposed by a country’s carrying capacity, both will have a positive effect on fertility rates in developing countries. Moreover, better economic prospects will also raise fertility, all other things equal. This article provides an empirical test of these hypotheses derived from a neo-Malthusian theory of fertility change. The results fail to confirm the theory and often contradict it

Topics: GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s11111-006-0024-3
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:986
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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