Special Online Issue of Population and Development Review Honors 40 Years of Advancing Knowledge
The Population Council published the first issue of Population and Development Review in 1975. Its continuing focus has been on advancing knowledge of the complex relationships between population and social, economic, and environmental change and providing a forum for discussion of related issues of public policy.
A core topic in the Review has been fertility transition: the one-time demographic transformation in which a society’s fertility falls from an average of five or more births per woman to below three, and often below two. The transition, linked to socioeconomic development and improvements in health and longevity, is of major interest to social scientists. Moreover, it is still underway in many countries, and in a few has barely begun. The future pace of fertility decline in these countries has large implications for the ultimate peak size of the human population and its well-being.
To mark the journal’s 40th anniversary, we present a selection of articles on this important subject drawn from the Review’s past four decades.
- Two Successive Motivations for the Declining Birth Rate in the West
Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec. 1980), pp. 645–650
- On the Social Control of Human Reproduction
Vol. 6, No. 4 (Dec. 1980), pp. 527–548
- Mass Education as a Determinant of the Timing of Fertility Decline
John C. Caldwell
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Jun. 1980), pp. 225–255
- On Kinship Structure, Female Autonomy, and Demographic Behavior in India
Tim Dyson and Mick Moore
Vol. 9, No. 1 (Mar. 1983), pp. 35–60
- Fertility Transition in Thailand: A Qualitative Analysis
John Knodel, Napaporn Havanon and Anthony Pramualratana
Vol. 10, No. 2 (Jun. 1984), pp. 297–328
- Fertility As Mobility: Sinic Transitions
Vol. 14, No. 4 (Dec. 1988), pp. 629–674
- Fertility Decline in Africa: A New Type of Transition?
John C. Caldwell, I. O. Orubuloye and Pat Caldwell
Vol. 18, No. 2 (Jun. 1992), pp. 211–242
- Policies Seeking a Reduction of High Fertility: A Case for the Demand Side
Vol. 18, No. 2 (Jun. 1992), pp. 321–332
- Desired Fertility and the Impact of Population Policies
Lant H. Pritchett
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Mar. 1994), pp. 1–55
- Unmet Need for Family Planning in Developing Countries and Implications for Population Policy
John B. Casterline and Steven W. Sinding
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Dec. 2000), pp. 691–723
- Social Interactions and Contemporary Fertility Transitions
John Bongaarts and Susan Cotts Watkins
Vol. 22, No. 4 (Dec. 1996), pp. 639–682
- Government and Fertility in Transitional and Post-Transitional Societies
Vol. 27, Supplement: Global Fertility Transition (2001), pp. 129–159
- Fertility Transition: Is Sub-Saharan Africa Different?
John Bongaarts and John Casterline
Vol. 38, Supplement: Population and Public Policy: Essays in Honor of Paul Demeny (2012) (pp. 153–168)
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