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Title: The first generation with mass schooling and the fertility transition: the case of Sri Lanka
Authors: Dissanayake, Lakshman
Keywords: The first generation with mass schooling and the fertility transition: the case of Sri Lanka
This study attempts to explain the Sri Lankan fertility transition in terms of the pre- transition fertility regime and conditions leading to its destabilization. This study therefore deviates from previous studies of fertility in Sri Lanka which have largely focused upon the post-transitional fertility differentials. From the first formulation of demographic transition theory, education has been used as a significant factor relating to the fertility transition, but Caldwell's 'mass education-fertility transition9 thesis can be regarded as the major attempt to explain the relationship between education and the onset of the fertility transition, with education a central explanatory factor in fertility transition theory. My analysis uses existing fertility theory to explain the education-fertility transition relationship, systematically tests that theory and suggests some modification to the theory on the basis of the Sri Lankan experience. The availability of relevant information in Sri Lanka has provided the opportunity to analyse the generations which contributed to the onset of the fertility transition and the continuance of that transition
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: National Center for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), TheAustralian National University
Citation: Health Transition Review, Vol. 6, Supplement. The Shaping of fertility andmortality declines: the contemporary demographic transition (1996), pp. 137-154
Appears in Collections:Department of Demography

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