ERIC Number: ED128234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Population Growth and Educational Policies: An Economic Perspective.
De Tray, Dennis N.
A micro-economic model of population growth is presented to assess the relationship between education and fertility. On the basis of population growth evidence, the author presents the following opinions: (1) the potential of education as a policy instrument to influence family size is great but ignorance of the mechanisms through which education may affect fertility is also large; (2) economic policies that directly influence wife's wages, a couple's contraceptive behavior, and the early health and nutrition of children may be a more effective and quicker means of reducing family size than support of adult education; and (3) the trade-off that parents appear to make between the number of children they want and the investments they make in each child may be the key to middle- and long-term population policy in developing nations. The author concludes that the scarcity of economic resources makes continued research on policy instruments, like education, essential. A bibliography is included in the document. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Birth Rate, Consumer Economics, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Economic Research, Economic Status, Economics, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Family Planning, Government Role, Models, Population Growth, Population Trends, Research Design, Social Science Research, Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Influences, Statistical Analysis
Publications, Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.