Economic Motives for Family Limitation

Archived Abstract of Former PSC Researcher

Mueller, Eva. "Economic Motives for Family Limitation." Population Studies, 27, no. 3 (November 1972): 383-403.

The paper explores how fathers perceive the economic costs and benefits of raising children and how these perceptions influence preferred number of children and contraceptive use. Interviews were conducted for this study in 1969 with an island-wide sample of 2200 Taiwanese husbands. Analysis indicates that a complex of cost and benefit considerations has an appreciable net effect on reproductive attitudes and behaviour, after socio-economic status and demographic characteristics have been taken into account.

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