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Living Standards and Fertility in Indonesia: A Bayesian Analysis

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  • Alessandra Mattei

    () (Department of Statistics, University of Florence)

  • Fabrizia Mealli

    () (Department of Statistics, University of Florence)

  • Stephen Pudney

    () (Institute for Social and Economic Research University of Essex)

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between living standards and fertility, using a three-wave panel dataset from Indonesia to provide information on women’s fertility histories and the levels of consumption expenditure in the households to which they belong. We adopt a Bayesian approach to estimation and exploit the dynamically recursive structure implied by gestation lags to identify causal effects of living standards on fertility and vice versa.

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  • Alessandra Mattei & Fabrizia Mealli & Stephen Pudney, 2009. "Living Standards and Fertility in Indonesia: A Bayesian Analysis," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 68(2), pages 175-210, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v68_n2_p175-210
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    Keywords

    Indonesia; Fertility; Living standards; Bayesian;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty

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