Does parental education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia
Becker, Sascha O., Cinnirella, Francesco and Woessmann, Ludger (2011) Does parental education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia. Discussion Paper. Coventry: Centre for Economic Policy Research. CEPR Discussion Paper (No.8339). (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
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While women's employment opportunities, relative wages, and the child quantity-quality trade-off have been studied as factors underlying historical fertility limitation, the role of parental education has received little attention. We combine Prussian county data from three censuses--1816, 1849, and 1867--to estimate the relationship between women’s education and their fertility before the demographic transition. Despite controlling for several demand and supply factors, we find a negative residual effect of women’s education on fertility. Instrumental-variable estimates, using exogenous variation in women's education driven by differences in landownership inequality, suggest that the effect of women’s education on fertility is causal.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Discussion Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Series Name:||CEPR Discussion Paper|
|Publisher:||Centre for Economic Policy Research|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Official Date:||April 2011|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Pact for Research and Innovation of the Leibniz Association|
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