Population and Economic Change in Developing Countries
This volume presents research on the causes and consequences of population change in the less developed countries of the world. The collection highlights the unique qualities that economic demography brings to the study of population: new theoretical insights, greater logical consistency, and a methodology that fosters confrontation of theory and the quantitatitve record. The principal empirical concern of the first five papers is the demographic transition, the shift from high to low mortality that is repeatedly observed in the history of developing countries, including the costs of children, tastes and natural fertility, the relation between infant morality and fertility, the value of time, and the evaluation of mortality transition. Other chapters examine the literature on internal migration, and study family saving and income, income distribution, and the balance between population and economic resources.