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Did the Iranian Revolution Affect Fertility Rates?

A prize winning book links drops in Iran's fertility with social and economic factors.


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Medical News Today reports on a confounding phenomenon in Iran:

The fertility rate in the Islamic Republic of Iran fell from around 7.0 births per woman in the early 1980s to 1.9 births per woman in 2006.

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It is the largest and fastest fall in fertility ever recorded. And a new book, The Fertility Transition in Iran: Revolution and Reproduction by Mohammad Jalal-Abbasi-Shavazi attempts to explain why. Surprisingly, the book has been selected as winner of the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran.