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The political economy of fertility

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  • Thorsten Janus

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    This paper studies the political economy of fertility. Specifically, I argue that fertility may be a strategic choice for ethnic groups engaged in redistributive conflict. I first present a simple conflict model where high fertility is optimal for each ethnic group if and only if the economy’s ethnic diversity is high, institutions are weak, or both. I then test the model in a cross-national dataset. Consistent with the theory, I find that economies where the product of ethnic diversity and a measure of institutional weakness is high have increased fertility rates. I conclude that fertility may depend on political factors. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 155 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 493-505

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:155:y:2013:i:3:p:493-505

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    Keywords: Population; Fertility; Ethnic diversity; Social conflict; Social norms; D72; D74; J13; O12;

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