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Factors affecting birth rates in countries with different levels of development.
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Crude Birth Rate is the number of childbirths per 1000 people per year. The word 'crude' is used because there are more accurate ways of measuring birth rate. For example, crude birth rate is sometimes measured by the number of births of the whole women population however a more accurate way of measuring fertility would be to measure it of women of a child bearing age.
Highly industrialised nations, for example USA, UK and Japan have generally low birth rates whereas in countries with limited industrial development have high birth rates. Newly industrialised countries lie somewhere in the middle with moderate levels of birth rate. There are many factors that are a cause of these variations in crude birth rate.
Women are a key factor to why there are varying birth rates. In some cultures and traditions, women are seen as worthless until they provide a child. In cultures where women have the choice to control their lives and regulate their birth rates, they do so through contraception or marrying at a later age. The World Fertility Survey shows that women with at least 7 years education, who work outside the home and who marry later
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