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Fertility in the absence of self-control

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  • Wigniolle, Bertrand

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

Volume (Year): 66 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 71-86

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Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:66:y:2013:i:1:p:71-86
DOI: 10.1016/j.mathsocsci.2013.02.001
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