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A Comment on Ali Tasiran's `Wage and income effects on the timing and spacing of births in Sweden and in the United States'


  • James R. Walker

    () (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA)


This note reviews and evaluates Tasiran's (1995) claim that estimated female wage effects on Swedish fertility dynamics reported by Heckman and Walker (1990) are not robust to the use of microwage data. The results reported here indicate that once individual wage measures have been purged of measurement error, estimated female wage effects are not sensitive to the introduction of microwages. The results reported by Heckman and Walker (1990) persist even with the use of microwage data.

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  • James R. Walker, 2002. "A Comment on Ali Tasiran's `Wage and income effects on the timing and spacing of births in Sweden and in the United States'," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 15(4), pages 773-782.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:15:y:2002:i:4:p:773-782
    Note: Received: 8 March 1996/Accepted: 4 December 2001

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    Cited by:

    1. Tomas Kögel, 2006. "Swedish Family Policy, Fertility and Female Wages," Discussion Paper Series 2006_7, Department of Economics, Loughborough University.
    2. Ariza, Alfredo & Ugidos Olazabal, Arantza, 2007. "Entry into motherhood: The effect of wages," DFAEII Working Papers 2007-03, University of the Basque Country - Department of Foundations of Economic Analysis II.
    3. Marit Rønsen, 2004. "Fertility and Public Policies - Evidence from Norway and Finland," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 10(6), pages 143-170, May.

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    Fertility; public policy; duration analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies


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