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Population Pressure and Fertility Changes in Costa Rica, 1906-1970

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Binger, Brian R.; Hoffman, Elizabeth; Newell, William H.
Date: 1976
Agency: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Series: Social Science Working Papers, no. 109
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5739
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): fertility
population studies
Abstract: "The demographic history of Costa Rica in the twentieth century is examined in the context of a model of dynamic adjustment to changing child survival probabilities and micro-level population pressure. Micro-level population pressure is viewed as resulting from a couple having children beyond its current optimal family size, given current prices and its income. Cantonal regression analyses for the time periods, 1927-1950, 1951-1953 to 1961-1963, and 1961-1963 to 1970 lend support to the hypothesis that the secular fertility decline in Costa Rica is a dynamic adjustment to high completed family size and increasing child survival probabilities."

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