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Fertility and Wage Rates in an Overlapping-Generations Model

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  • Jie Zhang
  • Junsen Zhang

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Two conflicting conclusions exist about the relationship between fertility and wage rates in steady-state equilibria in the literature. While Malthus and others predict a positive relation, R. J. Barro and G. S. Becker find a negative relation. Using several specifications of utility functions, this paper shows that whether bequests are operative or nonoperative plays a critical role in determining the relation. Specifically, it is shown that fertility and wage rates are negatively related when bequests are operative and, given some plausible restrictions, they are positively related when bequests are nonoperative.

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  • Jie Zhang & Junsen Zhang, 1997. "Fertility and Wage Rates in an Overlapping-Generations Model," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 30(1), pages 224-234, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:30:y:1997:i:1:p:224-34
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    6. Jason Shogren, 2002. "Valuing Indirect Effects From Environmental Hazards On A Child’s Life Chances," NCEE Working Paper Series 200209, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revised Sep 2002.

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