Technical change and human fertility in rural areas of developing countries

Boserup, E.

Rural development and human fertility: 23-33


Document Number: 366060
The chapter extends previous work in the area of population growth and agricultural technology change by examining the extent to which the relationship between technical change and population pressure is mitigated or enhanced by the prevailing institutional and agricultural production system. It suggests that intensification can be viewed as an adjustment to population growth or, conversely, offset the acceptance of a 'small family' norm, depending upon the specific circumstances. The chapter provides a review of alternative outcomes that reflect a range of adjustments under varying agroclimatic and institutional constraints.

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