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Differential Fecundity and Gender-Biased Parental Investments in Health

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  • Aloysius Siow

    (University of Toronto)

  • Xiaodong Zhu

    (University of Toronto)

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Women are fecund for a shorter period of their lives than men. In monogamous societies with divorce and remarriage, fecund women are relatively scarce. This paper studies how parents, who maximize discounted dynastic consumption, invest in the survival of their sons and daughters. The theory also generates endogenous sex ratios, income class sizes, and population growth. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Aloysius Siow & Xiaodong Zhu, 2002. "Differential Fecundity and Gender-Biased Parental Investments in Health," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 5(4), pages 999-1024, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:5:y:2002:i:4:p:999-1024 DOI: 10.1006/redy.2002.0196
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    1. Díaz-Giménez, Javier & Giolito, Eugenio P., 2008. "Gender Differences and the Timing of First Marriages," IZA Discussion Papers 3539, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    3. Michael Leung & Junsen Zhang, 2008. "Gender preference, biased sex ratio, and parental investments in single-child households," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 6(2), pages 91-110, June.
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    Keywords

    Gender bias; parental investment; health; population growth;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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