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Welfare and the family size decision of low-income, two-parent families

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  • Howard Gensler
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    The effect of welfare on family size is estimated by means of an ordered probit analysis on low-income, two-parent families. A multiyear cross-sectional pooled data set derived from the US Census Bureau's Current Population Survey over the period 1979-1990 is analysed. Behavioural impacts from a range of economic variables are consistent in sign with theoretical predictions and are reasonable in magnitude. A $1000 increase in the amount of welfare per child can be expected to increase the number of children by 2.2% for such families.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 607-610

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:4:y:1997:i:10:p:607-610

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    1. Westerberg, Thomas, 2006. "MoreWork, Less Kids - The Relationship Between Market Experience and Number of Children," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 682, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
    2. Westerberg, Thomas, 2006. "Two Papers On Fertility - The Case Of Sweden," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 683, Umeå University, Department of Economics.

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