Menopause as a regulatory device for matching the demand for children with its supply: A hypothesis

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Show simple item record Stark, Oded 2021-05-19T08:18:10Z 2021-05-19T08:18:10Z 2021-05-18
dc.identifier.other 1761310070 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri de_DE
dc.description.abstract Drawing on two assumptions: that menopause is an instrument for the efficient regulation of the duration of a biologically expensive state, and that people have children in order to obtain support from them in old age, we set out a new idea that seeks to explain both the occurrence of menopause and its timing. On the basis of the notion that the purpose of having children is to obtain support in old age, we perceive menopause as an upper limit to the fertile state, when a continued ability to give birth to children would not generate the desired support. The conjecture yields specific testable predictions, and can be assessed against the “reproductive conflict” hypothesis. Being supported by one’s offspring is a distinctive feature of humans; in this context, we cannot rely on animal studies in evolutionary biology and related fields to help us to ascertain something that is specific to humans. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.subject.classification Economics de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 330 de_DE
dc.subject.other Occurrence and timing of menopause en
dc.subject.other Support in old age en
dc.subject.other Demand for children en
dc.subject.other Supply of children en
dc.title Menopause as a regulatory device for matching the demand for children with its supply: A hypothesis en
dc.type Article de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät de_DE
utue.opus.portal utwpbusinesseco de_DE
utue.publikation.source University of Tübingen Working Papers in Business and Economics ; No. 147


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