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International fertility change: New data and insights from the developmental idealism framework

Thornton, Arland; Binstock, Georgina; Yount, Kathryn; Abbasi Shavazi, Mohammad; Ghimire, Dirgha; Xie, Yu

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Many scholars have offered structural and ideational explanations for the fertility changes occurring around the world. This paper focuses on the influence of developmental idealism-a schema or set of beliefs endorsing development, fertility change, and causal connections between development and fertility. Developmental idealism is argued to be an important force affecting both population policy and the fertility behavior of ordinary people. We present new survey data from ordinary people in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorThornton, Arland
dc.contributor.authorBinstock, Georgina
dc.contributor.authorYount, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorAbbasi Shavazi, Mohammad
dc.contributor.authorGhimire, Dirgha
dc.contributor.authorXie, Yu
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:58:32Z
dc.identifier.issn1533-7790
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/60896
dc.description.abstractMany scholars have offered structural and ideational explanations for the fertility changes occurring around the world. This paper focuses on the influence of developmental idealism-a schema or set of beliefs endorsing development, fertility change, and causal connections between development and fertility. Developmental idealism is argued to be an important force affecting both population policy and the fertility behavior of ordinary people. We present new survey data from ordinary people in six countries-Argentina, China, Egypt, Iran, Nepal, and the United States-about the extent to which developmental idealism is known and believed. We ask individuals if they believe that fertility and development are correlated, that development is a causal force in changing fertility levels, and that fertility declines enhance the standard of living and intergenerational relations. We also ask people about their expectations concerning future trends in fertility in their countries and whether they approve or disapprove of the trends they expect. The data show widespread linkage in the minds of ordinary people between fertility and development. Large fractions of people in these six settings believe that fertility and development are correlated, that development reduces fertility, and that declines in fertility foster development. Many also expect and endorse future declines in fertility.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceDemography
dc.subjectKeywords: Argentina; article; birth rate; China; cultural factor; developed country; developing country; economics; Egypt; ethnology; family planning; human; human relation; international cooperation; Iran; Nepal; population dynamics; social change; socioeconomics; Development; Developmental idealism; Fertility; Globalization; Social change
dc.titleInternational fertility change: New data and insights from the developmental idealism framework
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume49
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160399 - Demography not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor160302 - Fertility
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9406909xPUB571
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationThornton, Arland, University of Michigan
local.contributor.affiliationBinstock, Georgina, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas
local.contributor.affiliationYount, Kathryn, Emory University
local.contributor.affiliationAbbasi Shavazi, Mohammad, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGhimire, Dirgha, University of Michigan
local.contributor.affiliationXie, Yu, University of Michigan
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage677
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage698
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s13524-012-0097-9
local.identifier.absseo959999 - Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:59:35Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84859503643
local.identifier.thomsonID000302412200012
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