History | Family & Economy in Europe and Asia
B300 | 2756 | Alter


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

TOPIC:  FAMILY, ECONOMY, AND DEMOGRAPHY IN EUROPE AND ASIA

Since Malthus, there has been an assumption that families in Europe
were more successful than Asian families in controlling population
growth by restricting marriage to reduce fertility.  By implication,
early marriage made Asian societies more susceptible to over-
population and mortality crises.  Recent research challenging this
view emphasizes the low rates of reproduction on China and Japan and
the evidence of voluntary population control.  We will examine this
literature in a comparative perspective focusing on the effects of
different family systems on women, children, and the elderly and also
the links between the family and economic development.