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Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-Off a Trade-Off for All, None, or Some?

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Although the theoretical trade-off between the quantity and quality of children is well established, empirical evidence supporting such a causal relationship--particularly on child health--is limited. We use two measures of child health to assess the quantity-quality trade-off across the entire distribution. Using data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey and controlling for the potential endogeneity of child quantity, we find modest, statistically meaningful evidence of a causal trade-off.

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  • Daniel L. Millimet & Le Wang, 2011. "Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-Off a Trade-Off for All, None, or Some?," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 60(1), pages 155-195.
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