The Effects Of Mortality Changes On Fertility Choice And Individual Welfare: Some Theoretical Predictions
AbstractEmpirical studies have overwhelmingly shown that a lower child mortality rate leads to lower fertility. Yet it has not been possible to satisfactorily analyze this relationship in even the simplest theoretical models. This paper attempts to bridge this gap between theory and the empirical literature. The paper also presents results on the effects of child mortality changes on parental welfare. The analysis captures the dynamic stochastic feature of fertility choice, subsumes other endogenous choices (e.g., the quality of the children), and treats the number of children as a discrete variable (this added realism is important for the analysis). Copyright 1991 by University of Chicago Press.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Yale - Economic Growth Center in its series Papers with number 599.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1989
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- Sah, Raaj Kumar, 1991. "The Effects of Child Mortality Changes on Fertility Choice and Parental Welfare," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 99(3), pages 582-606, June.
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