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Can dogs alleviate the desolation created by having fewer children? An empirical study in the Japanese context

By Y. Kawata

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Abstract

Over the last several decades, in Japan, the young population (YP; less than 14 years old) has decreased whereas the number of registered dogs (RDs) has increased as a result of various socioeconomic factors. The total sum of YP and RD has remained virtually constant since the early 1990s. In this paper, we employ veterinary economics analyses to empirically examine the following hypothesis: the decrease in the number of children being reared has been compensated for by the increase in the number of pets. We find a statistically significant relationship between RD and the total fertility rate, which confirms that our hypothesis is valid in the case of Japan.

Date 2010
Publication Title Internet Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages unpaginated
ISBN/ISSN 1937-8165
Publisher Wiley
URL http://ir.obihiro.ac.jp/dspace/handle/10322/3078
Author Address Department of Animal and Food Hygiene, Division of Food Hygiene, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan.ykawata@obihiro.ac.jp
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal reproduction
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Anthropology
  6. APEC countries
  7. Asia
  8. Canidae
  9. Canine
  10. Carnivores
  11. Children
  12. Companion
  13. Countries
  14. desolation
  15. Developed countries
  16. Dogs
  17. Economics
  18. Embryology
  19. Fertility.
  20. Humans
  21. Japan
  22. Mammals
  23. Men
  24. OECD countries
  25. Pet ownership
  26. Pets and companion animals
  27. Primates
  28. Social psychology and social anthropology
  29. socioeconomics
  30. vertebrates