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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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  • Daouli, Joan & Demoussis, Michael & Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, 2009. "Sibling-sex composition and its effects on fertility and labor supply of Greek mothers," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 189-191, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:3:p:189-191

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    1. Darío Tortarolo, 2014. "Female Labor Supply and Fertility. Causal Evidence for Latin America," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0166, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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    7. Anna Baranowska, 2013. "The family size effects on female employment. Evidence from the “natural experiments” related to human reproduction," Working Papers 57, Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics.
    8. Hirvonen, Lalaina, 2009. "The Effect of Children on Earnings Using Exogenous Variation in Family Size: Swedish Evidence," Working Paper Series 2/2009, Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
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