Economic development, Regression analysis, Fertility decline, Infant mortality, Birth control, and Developing countries
The article examines the role of economic disarticulation on fertility levels in less developed countries. The present analysis in the article extends the tradition of research by arguing that the degree of disarticulation provides theoretically more powerful and empirically more accurate way to operationalize the hypothesized distributional effects on fertility levels. Several sets of variables, including child and infant mortality levels, rational cost-benefit calculations at the family level, and female status have been shown to affect fertility rates. Economic disarticulation provides a theoretically more powerful and empirically more accurate way to operationalize the relationship between economic growth and fertility rates in less developed countries. The article shows that disarticulation is indeed a significant predictor of fertility rates, holding constant the level of development and controlling for previous levels of fertility. The article also presents regression analysis of the total fertility and family planning.