Education, Not Fertility, Drives Economic Development


A new study by IIASA researchers and colleagues at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital finds that improvements in education levels worldwide have been key drivers of economic growth in developing countries that has previously been linked to drops in fertility rates.

The researchers learn that the improvements in economic development can be attributed to the increasing education levels of younger people. The study is published in the journal Demography.


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Federal Programs Related to - Education, General/Other

Programs that provide opportunities for people in the community to acquire the knowledge, skills, desirable qualities of behavior and character, wisdom and general competence that will enable them to fully participate in and enjoy the social, political, economic and intellectual life of the community. Home-Based Education; Home Education; Home Schooling

Federal Programs Related to - Regional Economic Development

Programs that provide technical assistance, venture capital, loans, loan guarantees or other forms of management support to encourage the establishment and growth of business and industry in a particular region of the United States.

Federal Programs Related to - Demography

Research that describes the systematic study of population models and population phenomena, and related problems of social structure and behavior.

Demographic Research; Demographic Studies; Population Research

    Federal Programs Related to - Community Economic Development

    Programs that provide technical assistance and funds to help communities retain and recycle income within the community by investing in the development of local institutions and businesses.

    Business Growth; Business Loans; Economic Growth; Economic Transformation; Real Estate Organizations; Socioeconomic Development; Technology Transfer; Transfer of Technology; Urban Enterprise Zones




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