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Fertility in the absence of self-control

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  • Bertrand Wigniolle

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris)

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This paper studies the quantity-quality trade-off model of fertility, under the assumption of hyperbolic discounting. It shows that the lack of self-control may play a different role in a developed economy and in a developing one. In the first case, characterized by a positive investment in quality, the lack of self-control may tend to reduce fertility. In the second case, it is possible that the lack of self-control leads to both no investment in quality and a higher fertility rate. It is also proved that if parents cannot commit on their investment in quality, a small change of parameters may lead to a jump in fertility and education.

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Publication status: Published, Mathematical Social Sciences, 2013, 71-86
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  1. Bertrand Wigniolle, 2011. "Savings behavior with imperfect capital markets: when hyperbolic discounting leads to discontinuous strategies," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 11028, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  2. Matthias Wrede, 2011. "Hyperbolic discounting and fertility," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(3), pages 1053-1070, July.

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