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Endogenous fertility, international migration and growth

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  • Giam Cipriani

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An endogenous growth model with heterogeneous agents and endogenous rates of fertility is developed to study the relationships between population growth, human capital, migration and economic development. A variety of patterns of migration, from the migration of the unskilled to the brain drain is considered, where the decision to migrate reflects agents' optimising behaviour. The analysis yields implications which accord with the empirical evidence on the relationships between demography and development. Macroeconomic policy can foster growth by influencing labour mobility through taxation and the provision of public goods such as social infrastructure, sanitation, environmental control and medical research that affect locational preferences and child quality.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 53 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 49-67

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Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:53:y:2006:i:1:p:49-67

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Keywords: J13; J24; O41; fertility; human capital; migration; growth;

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