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dc.contributor.authorDelfino, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.available2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.issued2010-06-24T21:53:55Z
dc.date.submittedMay 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/10810
dc.description.abstractThis 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.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectFertilityen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectCultureen_US
dc.subjectBeckeren_US
dc.subjectHeterodoxen_US
dc.subjectSurveyen_US
dc.subject.lcshFertility, Human--Brazil
dc.subject.lcshFertility, Human--Developing countries
dc.subject.lcshEconomic development--Social aspects--Brazil
dc.subject.lcshEconomic development--Social aspects--Developing countries
dc.titleA 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 Brazilen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeEconomicsen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Economicsen_US
dc.description.advisorCoes, Donald
dc.description.committee-memberSantos, Richard
dc.description.committee-memberThacher, Jennifer


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