Title

An Interest-Group Theory of Population Growth

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Population Economics

Volume

1

Publication Date

1988

First Page

131

Last Page

139

Abstract

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.

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