Biology, destiny and change: Women's religiosity and economic development

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In underdeveloped countries we are faced with the vicious circle of high fertility, with resulting population growth and economic stagnation. The cultural background of this economic situation is marked by the low status of women, usually sanctioned by major world religions, which enjoy women's enthusiastic support. Religion is often described as a major obstacle to family planning and all other changes in women's status, which are the key to lowering fertility. Economic growth, education, and birth control are all interconnected, and they are all tied to secularization. Education seems the surest way, guaranteed to reduce fertility in most developing societies. (JEL: O2, J16).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-178
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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