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Sibling-sex composition and its effects on fertility and labor supply of Greek mothers

  • Daouli, Joan
  • Demoussis, Michael
  • Giannakopoulos, Nicholas

Using Greek census data and applying IV-estimation techniques [Angrist, J., and Evans, W., 1998, Children and their parents' labor supply: evidence from exogenous variation in family size, American Economic Review, 88(3) 450-577.], we investigate whether the sex composition of children identifies the causal effect of fertility on maternal employment. Sibling-sex composition appears to be a rather weak instrument in Greece, a low-fertility/low-employment country.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 102 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 189-191

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  1. Sebastian Galiani & Guillermo Cruces, 2005. "Fertility and Female Labor Supply in Latin America: New Causal Evidence," Working Papers 84, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Jun 2007.
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