What is fertility stalling and why does it matter?

  • 1 Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford


Stalls in fertility declines have been reported for countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Recent interest has focused mostly on Sub-Saharan Africa. This papers reviews past studies of fertility stalls and considers the implications of alternative methods of defining and measuring the phenomenon. It offers some reflections on the theoretical and policy significance of various attempts to identify and explain stalls.

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