In Salamatou Adamou's neighborhood in Limantchi, Niger, preacher El Hadj Sabiou emerges from his mosque to quote from the Koran, "To better propagate the faith, the Islamic Oumah [community] must procreate." Although birth rates
are declining rapidly in some Arab countries, six of the 10 countries with the highest birth rates
* The twin birth rate
continued to rise, increasing 1% between 2002 and 2003.
Japan's declining birth rate
will lower her dependency ratio.
* Birth rates
for women aged 30-34 years increased by 4% from 2002 to 2003, while the rate for women aged 35-39 years rose 6%
The pope is urging Italians to have more children to reverse the country's declining birth rate
Because the percentage of sexually active teens hit about 60 percent in all five countries, researchers say the lower birth rates
in Canada and the European nations are linked to education about and the availability of birth control--as well as to increased incentives to postpone childbearing.
Like pregnancy rates, birth rates
among adolescents in the United States have dropped in recent years.
Labor did not respond with a fully off-setting rise in the birth rate
, as Malthus had predicted, and the effect was a shift to economies in which labor is scarce and expensive and capital and energy are abundant and cheap--though that is not the way populists usually perceive them.
have swung wildly over the past century, and the dips always prompt some political turmoil, if not cultural upheaval and increased attention to women's reproductive decisions.
While it is expected that these birth rates
will decrease, it is difficult to predict just when or how fast that may happen.
have collapsed and death rates have risen, most strikingly among teenagers and young adults.
The objective of this paper is to test the relationship between birth rates
and per capita income, and birth rate
and structural transformation in developing countries.