What drives fertility rates around the world?

You can search fertility rates per country / area and will see huge huge difference but - why?  Why do women in some country barely have one child and in others have 8?  

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  • 5 days ago

    There are many reasons for this but in general, for those from developed countries, education & career is their priority & most of them will delay their marriage till their age reach 30 or more. At this age, their fertility rate will start to diminish & resulting to lesser chance to get pregnant. High cost of  living to take care a child is also a factor contributing to low fertility.

    In a not developed countries, most women will start to get married in their 20s when their body has fully developed & their feritlity level is at maximum & thus giving them a higher chances to get pregnant. The society in their country to get married & having a family to extend their next generation is also a reason for them to have many childs.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Most importantly it is level of female education. If they are educated enough they know the importance of birth control. In some countries there are law toward and against the birth control.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Lack of access to birth control is a major part of it.  High childhood mortality rates also drives it since it's not unexpected in some countries to lose children to disease.

  • LizB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It primarily comes down to the options women have in life. In developed countries where women can pursue higher education and careers and financial independence with or without marriage, childbearing tends to start later. A woman who starts having kids at 30 simply won't have time to have has many kids as a woman who starts at 18 or 20, and moreover she'll also be much more motivated to *avoid* ill-timed pregnancy due to the personal costs it involves. Male partners are also more affected by personal costs of childrearing, so they are often highly motivated to cooperate in preventing ill-timed pregnancy.

    Women who lack these life options either due to poverty, culture, or both are more likely to marry very young, and are far less likely to have control over their reproduction, either in terms of birth control or their right to refuse sex. Thus, more children is the inevitable result.

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  • 1 month ago

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  • Petter
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Mainly level of education and economics.

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