An Interest-Group Theory of Population Growth
Journal of Population Economics
This paper applies the interest-group theory of government to explain population growth. The main argument is that countries whose populations are more ethnically heterogeneous will tend to have higher fertility rates because there are more interest groups which compete for control of the political process of wealth redistribution. The theoretical model is supported by empirical evidence using data on 130 countries for 1980.
An Interest-Group Theory of Population Growth” (with Mwangi S. Kimenyi and Robert D. Tollison), Journal of Population Economics 1 (1988), pp. 131–139.