The Role of Economic Factors in Birth-rate Trends and Fluctuations
We all think we know something about that mysterious creature we call homo oeconomicus but is he also ἄυθρωπоѕ δημογράϕικοѕ? This certainly is the assumption implicit in any economic analysis of a series of demographic variables. Homo oeconomicus, no doubt, owes his success to the qualities we attribute to him: he is a rational man, well informed, forward-looking, and he is, to boot, in some way quantifiable. He has a holding and husbands it, he earns an income, he saves, he consumes — all of which can be expressed in monetary terms. Even his time can be measured, his time of work, of rest, of leisure, his years of education, his working life, his retirement. Time and money can be related in many ways (cf. Guitton, 1970).
KeywordsIndustrial Production Economic Factor Marriage Rate Seasonal Component Demographic Research
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