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

  • Daniel L. Millimet
  • Le Wang

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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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Volume (Year): 60 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 155 - 195

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