The Cambridge History of Latin America: Latin America since by Leslie Bethell

By Leslie Bethell

Quantity 6 brings jointly normal essays on significant issues within the monetary, social, and political background of Latin the US from 1930 to 1990. half 1 bargains basically with monetary issues.

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Analysts in the region have focussed attention on ways in which household and family units adapt and respond to changing economic conditions. '8 The approach resembles microeconomic approaches to household demographic behaviour, which focus on the individual level choices involved in demographic events in terms of their costs relative to those of other goods and available resources. An important difference is that microeconomists generally view constraints as a given and pay only limited attention to the way in which institutional forces impinge on individual behaviour.

One institutional change that has contributed to lower rural fertility is the recent shift from owner or tenant status of members of farm families to wage labour in rural areas arising from the consolidation of land for commercial agriculture. This process has increased the likelihood of rural women working outside the home, while at the same time decreasing opportunities for work at home by younger children. Age structure also affects the pace of decline of birth rates. Although total fertility per woman has declined, the number of women entering childbearing age has increased as the very large age cohorts born during the period of high population growth rates in the late 1950s and early Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 The Population of Latin America, 1930—1990 23 1960s reached their mid-i92OS.

Such concentration makes them more visible. It may also ease them to the extent that economies of scale can be realized, provided that urban growth has not already reached proportions at which large-scale increases rather than decreases the costs and difficulty of providing services. LABOUR FORCE, EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION Post-war urbanization was accompanied by dramatic changes in the structure of Latin America's economically active population. In 1950, agriculture accounted for half or more of the labour force in all but five countries in the region (Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay and Venezuela), and two27 Wayne A.

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