The Impact of Chronic Disease Burden on Education, Fertility and Economic Growth – Evidence from the American South
This study contains evidence on the importance of chronic disease burden on human-capital and fertility decisions in developing regions. The episode analyzed is the eradication of hookworm disease in the American South (c. 1910). In previous work (Bleakley 2002), it was shown that the hookworm eradication led to a significant increase in school attendance and literacy. The present study shows that this increase in human capital was accompanied by a fertility decrease that was both economically and statistically significant. A decline in the hookworm infection rate from 40 to 20% is associated with a decline in fertility that amounts to 40% of the entire fertility decline in the American South between 1910 and 1920. These results can be used to test a number of theoretical models on the interaction of fertility and human capital investments in growth. It provides broad support for non-linear budget sets in the number and quality of children as first analyzed by Becker-Lewis (1973). It also strengthens the empirical support for the emerging literature (e.g. Becker, Murphy and Tamura (1990), Doepke (2002) and Soares (2002)) linking human capital investment and fertility in models of economic growth and demographic transitions. The evidence presented here rejects the Barro-Becker (1988) formulation with a single dynastic budget set.
To our knowledge, this item is not available for
download. To find whether it is available, there are three
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
|Date of creation:||11 Aug 2004|
|Contact details of provider:|| Phone: 1 212 998 3820|
Fax: 1 212 995 4487
Web page: http://www.econometricsociety.org/pastmeetings.asp
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ecm:nawm04:513. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Christopher F. Baum)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.