Crisis in the Global Economy:
Its Effect on the Quality of Life
in the Region
One of the central themes of this thesis is that the variations in the fertility performances in the region are attended by differing concatenations of the elements that constitute the productive infrastructure of the various territories. It has been posited that local socioeconomy, in order to be properly understood, must be seen as integrally related to the wider world economy. Yet the character of that which is local colours the influences of the wider world within which it functions. The cost of imported basic foodstuff is one means by which the wider world economy makes its presence felt at the regional and local levels. It is also a proxy of the cost of living in general. The extent to which these two statements are true of any territory is dependent, to a large extent, on the local production structure. In utilizing the cost of basic imported foodstuff as a socioeconomic index, the expectation should therefore be that its relatedness to the demographic sphere will manifest spatio-temporal variability in keeping with the posited nature of the societal context.
The global economy intruded into the social and economic life of the peoples of the region in fundamental ways. One measure of this intrusion on the quality of life that obtained was the cost of living. Oftentimes it is only possible to derive a proxy of this phenomenon because of the dearth of