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Explaining the fertility puzzle in Sri Lanka

Wijesekere, Gaminiratne (Gamini); Arunachalam, Dharma


Fertility transition in Sri Lanka began in the mid-1960s and the declining trend continued over the decades. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2000 showed the total fertility rate (TFR) reaching 1.9 births per woman, a level below replacement fertility. The next DHS of 2006/7 showed a TFR of 2.3. Some have interpreted this pattern as indicating a reversal of the fertility transition. This paper casts doubts on the below-replacement fertility revealed in the 2000 survey.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Biosocial Science
DOI: 10.1017/S0021932015000012


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