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Social norms, inequality and fertility

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  • Hideaki Goto

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We explore the short-run and long-run effects on fertility of inequality with regard to human capital when the individual's fertility decision is influenced by average fertility in the economy. We find simple conditions under which a mean-preserving spread in the distribution of human capital helps decrease fertility and increase future average human capital.

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  • Hideaki Goto, 2008. "Social norms, inequality and fertility," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 10(13), pages 1-9.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08j10008
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    1. Bhattacharya, Joydeep & Chakraborty, Shankha, 2012. "Fertility choice under child mortality and social norms," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(3), pages 338-341.

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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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