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Type Journal Article - Population Studies
Title Falling fertility in Vietnam
Volume 51
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1997
Page numbers 203-211
URL http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2174686?uid=3739464&uid=2&uid=3737720&uid=4&sid=21101532435627
According to data collected by the Vietnam Living Standards Survey 1992-93, total fertility was 3.2. This level is low for such a poor country, and reflects a continued fall from 5.6 in 1979, uninterrupted by the rapid transition from a planned to a market economy. Oddly, the proximate causes of the low total fertility, including contraceptive user and abortion rates, imply a value close to 2. One explanation may be that households overstate the degree to which they use contraception. To maintain the momentum of falling fertility, a more user-oriented approach to family planning is required, offering a wider variety of contraceptive options.

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