Dr. Bongaarts: “Family Planning Is an Investment in Development”

July 15, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Family Planning Is an Investment in Development

Let’s consider the difference between deciding you want two children and deciding you want two TV sets. Both involve figuring costs and benefits relative to income. Both require supplies and expense. Both invoke comments from friends and relatives, and both may preclude something else – nights out, perhaps, or a bicycle or a car.
Many economists would say these are choices people make. But that assumes the couple that chooses to have two children can access, purchase and effectively use modern contraceptives. With this line of argument, we would not need programs to promote family planning. Because unwanted pregnancies would be as rare as unwanted TV sets.

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