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Cohort Fertility Change in Urban and Rural Areas of the Developing World

Mathias Lerch

We reappraise the urban and rural fertility transitions over the 20th century in 55 developing countries to better inform future prospects of urban population growth and national fertility developments. For this we compare the trends in total cohort fertility across continents, and investigate the parity-specific diffusion of birth-limiting behaviors.  Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Fertility Development

Region keywords:

Africa, America, Asia


Lerch, M.:
PLoS One 14:7, e0219624–e0219624. (2019)
Lerch, M.:
Population and Development Review, 1–20. (2018)
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