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Fertility in Pakistan during the 1970s

Shah, Iqbal H. and Pullum, Thomas W. and Mohammad, Irfan (1985): Fertility in Pakistan during the 1970s. Published in: Journal of Bio-Social Science, London , Vol. 18, (1986): pp. 215-229.

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A survey conducted in 1975, as part of the World Fertility Survey programme, provided evidence that fertility began to decline in Pakistan during the early 1970s. Because of the low level of contraceptive use recorded in that survey, the fertility decline was attributed to delayed marriage. However, a second and similar survey conducted approximately 5 years later showed almost exactly the same pattern of very recent decline, and indeed a reduction in contraceptive use. The two surveys disagreed for the period of overlap. It is concluded that there were essentially no changes in fertility during the decade, and that it remained at pre-1970 levels.

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