Factors Affecting Fertility and Statistical Inference: A Comment,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Many of the differences between economists and sociologists in their study of the determinants of fertility can be understood in terms of their choice of explanatory variables. The economist attaches importances to predetermined variables such as wages and prices whereas the sociologist attaches significance to attitudes and norms. Until both disciplines use the appropriate statistical framework for combined consideration of both sets of factors, empirical evidence will not resolve long standing disagreements over which factors do affect fertility.
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