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A Quantitative Analysis of Swedish Fertility Dynamics: 1751-1990

  • Zvi Eckstein

    (Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University)

  • Pedro Mira

    (CEMFI)

  • Kenneth I. Wolpin

    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

This paper analyzes the relationship between age-specific fertility, mortality and real wages in Sweden during the demographic transition. We fit a model of life cycle fertility to two and a half centuries of Swedish time-series data. The model fits the data well, accurately portraying the total fertility declines from more that four children per female before the mid-19th century to about two children today. About 80% of this decline was in fertility at female ages over 30. The fitted model implies that reductions in child mortality is the most important factor explaining the fertility decline. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Volume (Year): 2 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 137-165

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  1. Becker, Gary S & Barro, Robert J, 1988. "A Reformulation of the Economic Theory of Fertility," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 103(1), pages 1-25, February.
  2. Razin, Assaf & Ben-Zion, Uri, 1975. "An Intergenerational Model of Population Growth," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 65(5), pages 923-33, December.
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