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Economic Factors and Fertility Decline in France and Belgium

  • R. Lesthaeghe
  • E. van de Walle
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)

Abstract

If the populations of the developing world were perceiving their best economic interest with the same logic as members of the academic profession, the birth-rate would be low where income per head is low and fertility control would be an accepted method of influencing the well-being of individuals. Logically, large families would prevail in rich countries and among rich people, and the poor would get no children. Unfortunately this kind of reasoning is of little help. The etymology of proletarian is proles, progeny. Even two hundred years ago, Jacques the Fatalist was granting to his master: ‘Nothing populates like the rabble.’

Keywords

Infant Mortality Demographic Transition Fertility Decline Marital Fertility Occupational Structure 
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© The International Economic Association 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Lesthaeghe
    • 1
  • E. van de Walle
    • 1
  1. 1.Office of Population ResearchPrincetonUSA

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