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ERIC Number: ED054006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 11
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The Changing Balance of Births and Deaths: A Comment.
Schultz, T. Paul
Commenting on Kingsley Davis' paper, "Population Policy: Will Current Programs Succeed?", the author discusses the problem of rapid population growth in the low-income countries. Research strategy should focus on the family or small community to trace environmental constraints and opportunities influencing desired and achieved fertility, and possibly isolating the additional contribution family planning programs make to the decline of fertility. In disagreement with Davis, the author finds that fertility and child mortality rates are related; parents frame their family goals on numbers of surviving children. Once these goals have been reached, they exercise birth control. In developing countries, improvements in child nutrition and local health facilities might reduce infant and child mortality, and therefore birth rates, within a decade. Modification of education, employment, and welfare policies might also move parents toward smaller surviving family size goals. (Author/AWW)
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($1.00)
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