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1. Determinants of Fertility in Rural Punjab

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The paper analyzes the determinants of fertility in rural Punjab. Some of the variables which theoretically seem to have bearing on fertility are discussed in Section I. On the basis of this discussion, a set of hypotheses is put forward for empirical verification. Chi-square analysis is used to measure the relationship among variables. The results indicate that variables such as males' education, level of income, females' age at marriage and caste are significantly related to the fertility rate of the rural population. Thus, the study stresses that measures such as providing free and compulsory education upto High School, raising the income level of the poor people by providing regular employment to them and raising the present level of females' age at marriage should be taken to reduce the fertility rate.

Affiliations: 1: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India


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