To Have or Not to Have Children

 Some parents, whether rich or poor, cited straight economic costs as the primary reason for their decision to opt for a smaller family. Most parents, however, felt they could afford large families and, in the long run, would benefit economically from having children.

When parents, particularly those living in urban areas, beget children, it is the emotional benefits of having children that are foremost in their minds, according to a study conducted by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Ford Foundation.