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The Effect of Economic Factors on Contraceptive Choice in Jamaica and Thailand


Akin, John S. & Schwartz, J. Brad (1988). The Effect of Economic Factors on Contraceptive Choice in Jamaica and Thailand. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 36(3), 503-27.


An important question for population policy is whether reductions in population program funding will disrupt family planning program operations and, therefore, lead to higher birth rates among the poor in Third World countries. In recent years, researchers have emphasized prices and accessibility as important factors in the decision to use contraceptives and in the choice of type of contraceptive method. If time and money are important, then increases in prices and reductions in accessibility, as a result of decreases in funding of population programs, may result in higher birth rates among women who practice contraception but who, as a result of such changes, choose to use less effective contraceptive methods. Few studies have been conducted that examine the implicit assumptions behind the family planning policies of low or zero prices and easy accessibility. Recently there has been great interest shown by the international aid agencies, the donor countries, and the poorer nations in the prospects for more self-financing of family planning programs. Perhaps the most important question to the answered in designing self-financing efforts is the sensitivity of specific potential users and user groups to the prices charged for contraceptives.


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Economic Development and Cultural Change


Akin, John S.
Schwartz, J. Brad

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