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A Juxtaposition of rational choice and socio-cultural approaches to explain changes in family size throughout the process of economic development using household survey data from Brazil

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A Juxtaposition of rational choice and socio-cultural approaches to explain changes in family size throughout the process of economic development using household survey data from Brazil

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dc.contributor.author Delfino, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10810
dc.description.abstract This research juxtaposes empirical approaches to analyze the relationship between fertility and economic development. Using household survey data from Brazil in the mid 1990’s, separate Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) models are run that comparatively evaluate the explanatory power of divergent methods used to explain fertility in developing countries. Rational choice approaches, in the spirit of Gary S. Becker, are presented alongside approaches that account for heterogeneous socio-cultural traits to see which method explains more about family size in Brazil. The paper finds evidence to support the relevance of both the rational choice and the socio-cultural approaches to fertility studies. The research ultimately presents evidence that socio-cultural models generate relatively more explanatory power in the fertility analysis of Brazil than methods adopting the strict axioms of rational choice models from the Becker-era. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Fertility en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.subject Becker en_US
dc.subject Heterodox en_US
dc.subject Survey en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fertility, Human--Brazil
dc.subject.lcsh Fertility, Human--Developing countries
dc.subject.lcsh Economic development--Social aspects--Brazil
dc.subject.lcsh Economic development--Social aspects--Developing countries
dc.title A Juxtaposition of rational choice and socio-cultural approaches to explain changes in family size throughout the process of economic development using household survey data from Brazil en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Economics en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Coes, Donald
dc.description.committee-member Santos, Richard
dc.description.committee-member Thacher, Jennifer


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