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A Theory Of Endogenous Fertility With Occupational Choice

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  • Dilip Mookherjee

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    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Silvia Prina

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    (CaseWestern Reserve University and)

  • Debraj Ray

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    (New York University)

Abstract

This paper introduces endogenous fertility into a model of occupational choice, and studies its steady states. Three main results are obtained. First, despite the presence of both income and substitution e ects in fertility choice, general equilibrium e ects operating via endogenous wages in steady state yield a negative correlation between parental wages and fertility. (b) Occupational mobility arises in steady state, generated by di erential fertility across various occupational categories. Unlike the mobility created by stochastic shocks, such occupational drift has a predictable direction depending on the income-fertility relationship. (c) Steady states are locally determinate, permitting the analysis of the long-run e ects of altering child-care or education costs, child labor regulations, redistributive tax-transfer policies and family planning subsidies.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2010-036.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2010-036

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