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Estimating the Consequences of Unintended Fertility for Child Health and Education in Romania: An Analysis Using Twins Data

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  • Peter J. Glick
  • Alessandra Marini
  • David E. Sahn

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We use the natural experiment of twins at first birth to estimate the effects of unplanned fertility on the nutritional status and school enrolment of children in Romania, a country with a unique fertility history. A first-birth twins shock has negative impacts on children's human capital investments, particularly for later-born siblings. We infer that harsh pronatalist policies prior to the 1989 Revolution had adverse consequences for the human capital of Romanian children, and that policies to make fertility control easier will have significant positive impacts on children's health and schooling. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 69 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 667-691

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:69:y:2007:i:5:p:667-691

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  1. Kumar, Santosh & Kugler, Adriana, 2011. "Testing the Children Quantity-Quality Trade-Off in India," MPRA Paper 42487, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2006. "Children and Household Savings in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2006-14, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Jesper Bagger & Javier A. Birchenall & Hani Mansour & Sergio UrzĂșa, 2013. "Education, Birth Order, and Family Size," NBER Working Papers 19111, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2005. "Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size: Evidence from the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2005-19, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  5. Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., 2005. "Number of Children and their Education in Philippine Households," Development Economics Working Papers 22669, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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