Raising the Financial Costs of Children and Fertility Responses: Evidence from the Kibbutz
AbstractPrior to 1996, Israelis in collective communities (kibbutzim) shared the costs of raising children equally. This paper examines the impact of the privatization of kibbutzim on fertility behavior among members. We find that fertility declined by 6-15 percent following the shift to privatization. In light of the massive change in financial costs associated with childbearing due to privatization, our results suggest that financial considerations may be a more modest factor in fertility decisions than generally regarded.
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Date of creation: Nov 2011
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- Ebenstein, Avraham & Hazan, Moshe & Simhon, Avi, 2011. "Raising the Financial Costs of Children and Fertility Responses: Evidence from the Kibbutz," Discussion Papers 122844, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
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