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Population and the Environment: Analytical Demography and Applied Population Ethics/Household decisions and their consequences - fundamentals of the demographic transition

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October 13, 2018
11:15 am - 11:30 am


Mary Shenk (Pennsylvania State Univ.)


In this lecture/discussion we will define and discuss four primary causal models for the demographic transition and especially the remarkable changes in fertility that have accompanied it, aiming to understand how the transition to industrialization and associated changes in economic systems, technology, culture, and the marriage market have motivated people around the world to reduce their fertility. We will discuss research comparing causal models, examining both the contrasts and synergies between them. We will also briefly discuss the remaining gaps in our knowledge of the demographic transition and fertility decision-making.    

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