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Population An Introduction To Concepts And Issues 12th Edition By John R. Test Bank



Population An Introduction To Concepts And Issues 12th Edition By John R. Test Bank






  1. Understand what is meant by the fertility transition.


  1. Become familiar with how high fertility could be and why fertility was high for most of human history.


  1. Understand the preconditions for a decline in fertility, including ideational changes, motivational changes, and changes in the availability of methods of fertility control.


  1. Become familiar with the major ways by which fertility levels are measured.


  1. Understand how the fertility transition takes place.


  1. Understand the current geographic variability in the fertility transition.




  1. The fertility transition represents the shift from natural fertility to more deliberate fertility limitation, and is associated with a drop in fertility at all ages, but especially at the older ages (beyond the 30s) and younger ages (under 20).
  2. Fertility refers to the number of children born to women (or fathered by men), whereas fecundity refers to the biological capacity to produce children.
  3. For most of human history, high mortality meant that societies were more concerned with maintaining reasonably high fertility levels, rather than contemplating a decline in fertilitysurviving children, not children ever born, was the goal.
  4. Ansley Coales three preconditions for a fertility decline include: (1) acceptance of calculated choice in reproductive decision making (ready); (2) motivations to limit fertility (willing); and (3) the availability of means by which fertility can be regulated (able).
  5. The supply-demand perspective on the fertility transition suggests that couples strive to maintain a balance between the potential supply of children and the demand (desired number of surviving children), given the cost of fertility regulation.
  6. The innovation-diffusion model of fertility draws on sociological and anthropological evidence that much of human behavior is driven by the diffusion of new innovationsboth technological and attitudinalthat may have little to do with a rational calculus of costs and benefits.
  7. Fertility is measured in a variety of ways using period data (crude birth rate, general fertility rate, child-woman ratio, age-specific birth rates), synthetic cohorts (total fertility rate, gross reproduction rate, net reproduction rate), and cohort data (children ever born and birth intentions).
  8. The fertility transition is typically accomplished through a later age at marriage, through older women deciding not to have that additional child, and through women in their prime reproductive years using effective means of fertility control, including especially contraception and abortion.
  9. Virtually all wealthy societies now have below-replacement fertility levels, and in almost all less developed nations in the world today there are genuine stirrings of a fertility decline, as high-fertility norms and behavior give way to low-fertility preferences.
  10. The level of fertility in the world is such that a woman gives birth to more than four children every second (weve got to find this woman and stop her!).






Multiple-Choice (Choose the single best answerthe page where the answer is found is indicated in parentheses)


  1. The fertility transition can best be described as the shift
    1. to a higher probability that children born will survive to adulthood.
    2. from low to high female empowerment.
    3. from family building by fate to family building by design. (191)
    4. from parental bondage to parental freedom.
  2. Natural fertility in most populations produces an average of about ____ children.
    1. two to three
    2. four to five
    3. six to seven (193)
    4. eight to nine
  3. Hutterite society has been notable especially for having high fertility in the context of
    1. low mortality. (194)
    2. dense urban life.
    3. acceptance of abortion.
    4. late age at marriage.
  4. Of the following, _______ is least likely to be an explanation for the high fertility that existed for most of human history.
    1. the need to overcome high mortality
    2. the fact that children are a source of security and labor for their parents
    3. the desire for sons
    4. religious objections to the use of contraception (196)
  5. The concept of accepting calculated choice as being a valid element in marital fertility decisions is one of the
    1. differences between fecundity and fertility.
    2. preconditions for a substantial fertility decline. (200)
    3. proximate determinants of fertility.
    4. diffusion processes leading to a drop in fertility.
  6. The single most important instigator of fertility decline at the societal level is
    1. increased longevity. (203)
    2. the empowerment of women.
    3. secularization.
    4. higher levels of education.
  7. The idea that couples strive to maintain a balance between how many surviving children they have and how many they want is associated with the concept of the
    1. preconditions for a substantial fertility decline.
    2. exogenous factors that influence reproductive behavior.
    3. new household economics of fertility behavior. (205)
    4. demographic linkage between fertility and reproductive health.
  8. The concept that parents seek a trade-off between quantity and quality is derived from
    1. the innovation-diffusion perspective.
    2. neo-classical economic theory.
    3. rational choice theory.
    4. the supply-demand framework. (205)
  9. The concept that fertility is importantly influenced by other people with whom we live and associate is derived from
    1. the innovation-diffusion perspective. (209)
    2. neo-classical economic theory.
    3. rational choice theory.
    4. the supply-demand framework.
  10. Of the following characteristics of women, _______ is most closely associated with fertility levels.
    1. educational level (208)
    2. labor force participation
    3. religious preference
    4. wealth
  11. Of the following important proximate determinants of fertility, ________ is least effective in terms of its average effect on fertility levels.
    1. abortion
    2. age at entry into sexual unions
    3. voluntary abstinence (215)
    4. breast-feeding
  12. Among women in their 30s and 40s in the United States, the most popular form of contraception is
    1. the condom.
    2. the pill.
    3. sterilization. (216)
    4. the IUD.
  13. The available evidence suggests that the most widely used method of birth control in the world is
    1. the pill.
    2. the condom.
    3. voluntary abstinence.
    4. abortion. (219)
  14. The total fertility rate measures the total number of
    1. children born in a population.
    2. surviving children that a woman will have in her lifetime.
    3. children ever born to a woman at the end of her reproductive career.
    4. projected children ever born per woman if ASFRs do not change. (227)
  15. The net reproduction rate is also known as the
    1. generational replacement rate. (228)
    2. total fertility rate.
    3. fertility index.
    4. mean length of generation.
  16. Data on fertility intentions help to sort out the difference between
    1. timing and quantum of births. (230)
    2. gross and net reproduction.
    3. general and age-specific rates.
    4. proximate and distal determinants of fertility.
  17. The region of the world that currently has the highest levels of fertility is
    1. Africa. (233)
    2. Asia.
    3. Latin America.
    4. Oceania.
  18. The evidence suggests that ________ is an important impediment to higher fertility levels in Europe.
    1. lack of gender equity within marriage (237)
    2. the widespread use of abortion
    3. a continually sluggish economic environment
    4. the glass ceiling for women in the workplace
  19. The impact of Chinas one-child policy on that countrys fertility level can best be described as
    1. having provided the initial impetus for a fertility decline.
    2. allowing China to mirror similar fertility declines among its neighbors.
    3. facilitating an already existing decline in fertility. (240)
    4. being important only because it accompanied measures of social equity.
  20. Among the following factors that might be influencing current fertility trends in the United States, the one with the least impact is that
    1. increasing numbers of babies born are Hispanic.
    2. high levels of cohabitation are depressing the birth rate. (247)
    3. teenage birth rates are declining.
    4. the average age at motherhood is increasing.




  1. In population studies, fecundity refers to the biological capacity to reproduce. T (191)
  2. The healthier a woman is, the later is the age at which she experiences menarche. F (192)
  3. Hutterite women in the United States in the 1930s averaged 11 live births per woman. T (194)
  4. Female genital mutilation is associated with low status of women, which is associated with high fertility. T (202)
  5. The opportunity costs of children change over time as social circumstances change. T (206)
  6. The diffusion of ideas such as desired family size is enhanced by the existence of rigidly defined social strata. F (210)
  7. Before there was birth control, there was child control. T (212)
  8. The later a woman marries, the more children she is likely to have. F (215)
  9. Abortion rates tend to be highest when other methods of contraception are not readily available to women. T (219)
  10. The United Kingdom is one of the few European countries in which fertility has recently risen above replacement level. F (236)





  1. How have the three preconditions for a fertility decline played out thus far in your own life?
  2. Do you agree that the supply-demand framework and the innovation-diffusion theories seem like complementary perspectives on the fertility transition, rather than competing with each other? Defend your answer.
  3. How do you think your perspective on the number of children you want to have in your lifetime would differ if you lived in western Europe as compared to living in sub-Saharan Africa?
  4. What are the arguments for and against the idea that fertility control is a moral dilemma rather than preventive medicine?
  5. Why is it that different racial/ethnic groups in the United States have such different levels and trends in fertility? How do the perspectives on the fertility transition help us to understand these differences?





http://www.dhsprogram.com Most of the information that we have about fertility and reproductive health in developing countries comes from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), conducted by ICF Macro as part of the Measure project. At the DHS website you can produce your own summary of results by using the DHS STATcompiler, which is available under the Data category.

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/dataset/contraception/wcu2012.shtml The United Nations Population Division has put together an Excel spreadsheet summarizing information about contraceptive utilization for most developing countries in the world. Of course, much of this information is drawn from Demographic and Health Surveys.

http://www.unfpa.org/ The UNFPA is the United Nations Population Fundthe population outreach arm of the UN. They publish an informative annual report that is available at this website, and recent volumes have all focused on issues of reproductive rights and gender equity and their relationship (implied or explicit) to the fertility transition.

http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/prh/prh-intro.html The Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project at Smith College includes interviews with key people throughout the world who have been instrumental in implementing the dramatic fertility transition that occurred in the twentieth century.


And, of course, keep track of the latest items related to this chapter on my blog:

http://weekspopulation.blogspot.com/search/label/fertility transition




Ever since it was published, I have had students read: Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd, A Convergence of Civilizations: The Transformation of Muslim Societies around the World (New York: Columbia University Press), 2011. It always evoke a lot of class discussion. Indeed, I spend an entire class period on the topic, assigning groups of students to different countries discussed in the book. The book came out just before the Arab Spring, so the class discussion can raises key issues about fertility levels since those events.


A good starter for class discussion about the ideational aspects of fertility is the article by Joseph Lee Rodgers, Craig A. St. John, and Ronnie Coleman, Did Fertility Go Up After the Oklahoma City Bombing? An Analysis of Births in Metropolitan Counties in Oklahoma, 19901999, Demography 42(4):675692, 2005. The answer is yes, it did. The question is why? This discussion could be combined with the article by Jungmin Lee and Myungho Paik, Sex Preferences and Fertility in South Korea during the Year of the Horse, Demography 43(2):269292, 2006; and Patrick Heuveline and Bunnak Poch, The Phoenix Population: Demographic Crisis and Rebound in Cambodia, Demography 44(2):605426, 2007.










  1. Understand what is meant by the migration transition.


  1. Become familiar with the many nuances of defining migration.


  1. Become familiar with the variety of ways in which migration is measured.


  1. Comprehend the causes of and patterns of migration within countries.


  1. Comprehend the causes of and patterns of migration between countries.


  1. Become familiar with global patterns of migration.
  2. Understand the consequences of migration for migrants themselves, and for sending and receiving communities.




  1. Migration is the process of changing residence and moving your whole round of social activities from one place to another.
  2. The migration transition initially referred to internal migration occurring as a result of population growth, which created a redundant rural population.
  3. Migration can be assessed in terms of flows (the movement of people) or stocks (the characteristics of people according to their migration status).
  4. Explanations of why people move typically begin with the push-pull theory, first formulated in the late nineteenth century.
  5. Migration is selective and is associated especially with age, giving rise to the idea that migration is an implementing strategya means to a desired end associated especially with stages in the life cycle.
  6. Migration within countries tends to be for economic reasons, but housing-related moves are especially common in the United States.
  7. Major theories offered to explain international migration include neoclassical economics, the new household economics of migration, the dual labor market theory, world systems theory, network theory, institutional theory, and cumulative causation.
  8. The United States accepts more migrants (legal and undocumented) than any other country in the world, and for more than a century the U.S. government has implemented numerous complex efforts to control the number and characteristics of people entering the country.
  9. Migration of all kinds, whether forced or voluntary, demands adjustment to a new environment on the part of the migrant, and sets in motion a societal response to the immigrant on the part of the receiving society.
  10. Ross Baker once suggested that the First Law of Demographic Directionality is that a body that has headed west remains at west, and that is still generally an accurate statement for the world.








Multiple-Choice (Choose the single best answerthe page where the answer is found is indicated in parentheses)


  1. In order to be a migrant, not just a mover, _______ is required.
    1. a change in commute pattern
    2. a change of job
    3. a new spouse or significant other
    4. moving the total round of daily activities (253)
  2. The most common definition of a permanent migrant is someone who has lived in the new location for at least
    1. 6 months.
    2. 1 year. (256)
    3. 5 years.
    4. 10 years.
  3. The difference between an immigrant and in-migrant is that an
    1. in-migrant is always a legal migrant, whereas an immigrant is not.
    2. immigrant is usually a male, whereas an in-migrant is not.
    3. in-migrant is someone whose place of origin in known, whereas an immigrants origin is unknown.
    4. immigrant is usually an international migrant, whereas an in-migrant may be either an internal or an international migrant. (255)
  4. The U.S. Census Bureau defines a migrant as someone who has moved at least to another
    1. city.
    2. county. (256)
    3. state.
    4. country.
  5. If we knew that 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2010 was foreign-born, we would have information about the
    1. flow of immigrants.
    2. stock of immigrants. (257)
    3. influx of immigrants.
    4. characteristics of immigrants.
  6. Of the following formulas, ______ measures net migration.
    1. IM/P
    2. IMigR + OMigR
    3. IMigR OMigR (259)
    4. OM/P
  7. The components of change or residual method of estimating migration uses the _____ in its calculation.
    1. demographic balancing equation (260)
    2. migration effectiveness formula
    3. forward survival equation
    4. gross migration rate formula
  8. In his classic study of the push-pull theory of migration, Ravenstein argued that the _____ is the most important motivation to move.
    1. desire to get ahead (262)
    2. need to escape an unpleasant situation
    3. desire to avoid poverty
    4. need to stay close to family members
  9. The concept of intervening obstacles addresses the idea that
    1. career advancement can alter migration plans.
    2. the choice to migrate may not actually lead to migration. (263)
    3. the probability is low that any given person will migrate.
    4. people are likely to move to closer places than to far places.
  10. Of the following, the ______ is not one of De Jong and Fawcetts major concepts in the migration decision-making process.
    1. propensity toward migration
    2. motivation to migrate
    3. decision to become a migrant
    4. consequences of migration (264)
  11. Because of the selectivity of migration, it turns out that_______  are disproportionately migrants.
    1. older people
    2. women
    3. young adults (266)
    4. minority group members
  12. The Great Migration in the United States refers to the migration of
    1. blacks out of the south to cities in the north. (268)
    2. blacks out of the cities in the north back to the south.
    3. undocumented immigrants flowing into the United States from Mexico.
    4. Hispanic migration out of the west into the south.
  13. If we knew that an international migrant had gone to a particular place to join relatives there, we would probably be talking about the process of
    1. return migration.
    2. chain migration. (269)
    3. undocumented migration.
    4. step migration.
  14. The new household economic theory of migration suggests that
    1. household decision making is more important than individual decision making.
    2. neo-classical approaches to migration are fatally flawed.
    3. migration is a way to diversify a familys sources of income. (270)
    4. migration is driven by segmented wage markets.
  15. The world systems theory of migration suggests that
    1. once migration has begun, it will take on a life of its own.
    2. migration will perpetuated by international organizations.
    3. peripheral countries send migrants to core countries. (271)
    4. migration is a way to diversify a familys sources of income.
  16. The analysis of Massey and his associates suggests that _________  provides the single best explanation of international migration:
    1. there is no theoretical approach that (272)
    2. the new household economics approach
    3. the world systems approach
    4. the cumulative causation perspective
  17. The global pattern of migration has generally been directionally from ____ to _____.
    1. south; south
    2. east; west (275)
    3. west; east
    4. south; north
  18. The United States had the highest percentage of the population that was foreign-born during the ______ time period.
    1. 18201829
    2. 18801889 (278)
    3. 19401949
    4. 20002009
  19. A person entering the United States for the first time without documents is committing a(n)
    1. misdemeanor. (284)
    2. serious crime.
    3. felony.
    4. error in judgment.
  20. Of the following, ________ is typically not a consequence of migration for the donor area.
    1. the receipt of remittances
    2. the loss of young people
    3. an increase in number of older people (293)
    4. a weakening of kinship relations




  1. The available evidence suggests that human beings are by nature mobile creatures, which explains the migration transition. F (253)
  2. A residentially mobile person who is nonetheless not a migrant is a sojourner. T (254)
  3. Migration is the simplest of the three demographic processes to measure. F (256)
  4. The young and the restless are more likely to move than most other groups. T (263)
  5. The neoclassical economic approach to migration assumes that most migration is made by individuals seeking better economic opportunities. T (270)
  6. Guest worker programs are generally successful because it means that governments can readily send migrants back to their home countries. F (273)
  7. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to an increase in immigration to Russia. T (275)
  8. The Bracero Program was the first restrictive immigration law passed in the United States. F (279)
  9. The majority of recent immigrants to Canada are from Europe. F (288)
  10. About 80 percent of the worlds refugees are living in developing nations. T (288)





  1. Discuss the way in which the theory of demographic change and response (introduced in Chapter 3) provides a conceptual framework for understanding the migration transition. How does that framework help us understand future demographic changes in the developing nations?
  2. Discuss the differences between migration stocks and flows, and then show how the two are interrelated in terms of their impact on both receiving and sending societies.
  3. Describe your own lifetime experiences with migration, and relate them to the decision-making model shown in Figure 7.3.
  4. What do you think the migration policy of the United States should be? Defend your answer and explain what would be the consequences, intended and unintended, of your proposed policy.
  5. Evaluate the way in which the timing of demographic transitions in other parts of the world has helped to explain the patterns of migration to the United States over the past two hundred years.




http://www.dhs.gov/immigration-statistics This is the immigration statistics page of the website for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The site provides access to immigration and border enforcement statistics.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp In Canada, the immigration agency is known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and its website includes information on government policy, as well as links to research on immigration.

http://www.migrationpolicy.orgThe Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., offers an extensive, and constantly growing, range of articles and resources useful to policy makers and people in academia.

https://migration.ucdavis.edu/mn/Migration News was developed by Philip Martin at the University of CaliforniaDavis and is a tremendous resource, especially because it summarizes and comments on migration-related news stories from all over the globe.

http://www.refugees.orgThe United States Committee for Refugees (USCR) is a private, nonprofit organization working to help refugees throughout the world. This site includes information about refugees, asylees, and internally displaced persons for almost every country of the world.

http://www.unhcr.org  The estimation of refugees is as much an art as it is a science, and so you should also visit the site of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

And, of course, keep track of the latest items related to this chapter on my blog:

http://weekspopulation.blogspot.com/search/label/migration transition


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