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Population Matters: Demographic Change, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Developing World

Nancy Birdsall, Allen C. Kelley, and Steven Sinding


This book explores the impact of demographic change on economic growth and poverty in developing countries. The papers in this volume present some new themes and reinforce others. It is shown that rapid population growth had a quantitatively negative impact on the pace of aggregate economic growth in developing countries. Rapid fertility decline made a relevant contribution to reducing the incidence and severity of poverty. The impact of rapid demographic change on the rural environment and development was mixed — a minor player against the larger picture of initial conditions and broad policy ... More

Keywords: demographic change, economic growth, poverty, developing countries, fertility, population trends

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199244073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Birdsall, editor
Center for Global Development
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Allen C. Kelley, editor
Duke University
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Steven Sinding, editor
International Planned Parenthood Federation

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1 How and Why Population Matters: New Findings, New Issues

Nancy Birdsall and Steven W. Sinding

6 Saving, Wealth, and Population

Ronald D. Lee, Andrew Mason, and Tim Miller

10 Inequality and the Family in Latin America

Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Székely

11 Demographic Changes and Poverty in Brazil

Ricardo Paes de Barros, Sergio Firpo, Roberta Guedes Barreto, and Phillippe George Pereira Leite

13 Why Micro Matters

Jere R. Behrman

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