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This paper examines household-level fertility research within the broader contexts of the demographic transition and public policy. The framework chosen for this examination is the Easterlin/Crimmins (1982, 1985) model which we modify and apply to a sample of rural Egyptian households. The remainder of this section describes the value of that model in analyzing the demographic transition and in formulating public policy. Section 2 provides a summary of the theory, 3 a critical discussion of the empirical model and its application to rural Egypt, and 4 the results.

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