Projecting average family size in rural India by the Analytic Hierarchy Process

Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
United States
Molly Wong

Publication date: Nov, 1983

Journal: Journal of Mathematical Sociology
Vol.: 9- Issue: 3- Pages: 181-209

Abstract: In this study, cultural, economic as well as certain crucial demographic factors are considered as the determinants for projecting the average family size in rural India. We use the Analytic Hierarchy Process to analyze influences of the factors which enter implicitly in a rural couple's decision‐making to determine the number of children they want to have as time goes by. We did not attempt to make distinctions among the regional differences in rural India. The outcome projected in our analysis compares favorably with the results of other demographic studies.

Keywords: Analytic Hierarchy Process, AHP, Decision making