Can Income Redistribution Reduce Fertility?

  • C. R. Winegarden
Part of the The Macmillan Series of ILO Studies book series (ILOS)


In recent years, the contention that developing countries could lower their birth rates by reducing internal income inequality has attracted much attention and achieved considerable acceptance (e.g. Colombo Declaration on Population and Development, 1979; McNamara, 1977). Within the community of population researchers, however, this has remained an open question (see G. B. Simmons, 1979, for a critical view). Systematic investigation has been confined to a few studies with varying, or inconclusive, results. Only the need for further research in this area may be deemed uncontroversial.


Income Inequality Income Distribution Gini Coefficient Income Share Mortality Condition 
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© International Labour Organisation 1985

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