The Economics of Fertility in the Developing World (3) Demand for children, supply of children, and costs of fertility regulation; fertility transition; public policies to affect fertility.
ECON 476W The Economics of Fertility in the Developing World (3)
Population growth provides more hands on work, and more mouths to feed. Consequently, it has important implications for numerous aspects of a nation's economic development (and vice versa). And population growth, in turn, largely reflects fertility behavior. This course will introduce students to an economic approach to fertility behavior, emphasizing the demand for children, the supply of children, and the costs of fertility regulation. This economic framework for fertility analysis will then be used to examine fertility transitions, past and present, with particular emphasis on the current and prospective status of fertility transition in the developing world. The course will also consider public policies that seek to influence fertility behavior.
Students will learn about the economic approach to fertility behavior and they will apply that approach to consideration of fertility and fertility transition in developing countries. This writing-intensive course will enhance their writing and their data analysis skills.
This course is in the broad area (field) of development economics. The course will count toward both the major and the minor in economics.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.