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Women, Fertility and Economics: Fifty Years of Research


  • Felipe Del Río
  • Nelson Alvis
  • Martha Yánez
  • Raúl Quejada
  • Karina Acevedo


This paper provides a systematic review of the scientific literature on fertility and its relationship with economics. We explore theoretical and empirical frameworks developed in the last fifty years, emphasizing on the classical (Becker, Easterling) and unorthodox approaches (Bongaarts, Iannaccone, Lehrer). This literature review focused on journals of economics, sociology and demography indexed in the Journal Storage database (JSTOR), Elsevier’s research database (ScienceDirect), Elton B. Stephens Company research database (EBSCOhost) and Cambridge Information Group’s research database (Proquest). This review suggests that research of household behavior regarding decisions to participate in the labor market and fertility is a vast field of convergence of various multidisciplinary analytical attempts. Accordingly, economics has focused on this field through a multidisciplinary approach.

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  • Felipe Del Río & Nelson Alvis & Martha Yánez & Raúl Quejada & Karina Acevedo, 2010. "Women, Fertility and Economics: Fifty Years of Research," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 73, pages 165-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:journl:y:2010:i:73:p:165-180

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    Women; fertility; labor market; labor participation; demography;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion


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