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Intergenerational Transmission of Fertility Patterns

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  • Alison L. Booth
  • Hiau Joo Kee

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Recent studies by economists have focused on cultural transmission from the origin country rather than the origin family. Our paper extends this research by investigating how "family-specific"'cultural transmission' can affect fertility rates. Following Machado and Santos Silva ["Journal of the American Statistical Association" (2005) Vol. 100, p. 1226] and Miranda ["Journal of Population Economics" (2008) Vol. 21, p. 67], we estimate count data quantile regression models using the British Household Panel Survey. We find that a woman's origin-family size is positively associated with completed fertility in her destination family. A woman's country of birth also matters for her fertility. For a sub-sample of continuously partnered men and women, "both" partners' origin-family sizes significantly affect destination-family fertility. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2008.

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

Volume (Year): 71 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 183-208

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