Cost of Inaction in Family Planning
The Report shows how much expense could have been avoided in the four states of study if they achieved the same levels of unwanted fertility as Kerala3 . The costs are separated into private and public costs, with private costs being the costs borne entirely by the family and the public costs by the state. Private costs are further divided into costs of childbirth and costs of child rearing. Our calculations suggest that the economic costs of inaction are very significant.