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Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.

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The impact of development programmes on fertility: A framework for analysis

There is a considerable body of research which strongly suggests that fertility is at least as much a socio-economic process as it is a purely biological one. Fertility is “caused” by a host of social, economic and psychological factors as well as by fecundity itself. From this it follows logically that any public sector programme which affects the socio-economic context will affect fertility, whether it is intended to do so or not.

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