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Childlessness and Economic Development: a Survey

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  • Thomas TB Baudin
  • David De la Croix
  • Paula Eugenia Gobbi

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This paper provides an introduction to the analysis of childlessness, first by describing the stylized facts and the relevant literature, and then by proposing a theoretical framework. We show that both poverty-driven childlessness and opportunity-driven childlessness matter and are essential to a thorough understanding of childlessness as a socioeconomic phenomenon.

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  • Thomas TB Baudin & David De la Croix & Paula Eugenia Gobbi, 2019. "Childlessness and Economic Development: a Survey," Working Papers ECARES 2019-03, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Keywords

    Childlessness; fertility; education; marriage; children; sterility; economic development; poverty-driven childlessness; opportunity-driven childlessness; female em- powerment; childcare; Malthusian economy; educational homogamy; reproductive health; demographic economics; developed countries; developing countries; historical childless- ness; quantity and quality of children; inequality.;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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