Population Dynamics and Economic Development: Filling the Research Gaps

Published March 2009
Shareen Joshi, Georgetown University
Rachel Nugent, Center for Global Development
The relationship between reproductive health and economic growth has long been of interest to academics as well as policy-makers across the world. However, the empirical relationship between these variables has been difficult to establish. In 2005, a report by the Population and Development Working Group of the Center for Global Development outlined a research agenda to review the relationship between reproductive health and economic outcomes at both the macro and micro-levels. The report also established clear priorities for data collection. On the basis of this report, research funding was awarded to 38 investigators and dissertation funding was awarded to 18 Ph.D. candidates. This paper summarizes the key achievements of this research and also highlights new issues as well as unanswered questions.