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Family Structure, Fertility and Child Quality in Colombia


  • Rocio Ribero


This paper analyzes how family structure and fertility alter children quality in Colombia. Reduced form models to determine marital status of women and number of children ever born are estimated considering factors that affect women's bargaining powers inside the marriage. Tentative estimates of structural interdependence between these variables and children outcomes are outlined, revealing that marriage has a positive link with child quality and fertility has a negative link with child quality. Colombian national household survey data at rural and urban levels are used for the estimations.

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  • Rocio Ribero, 2000. "Family Structure, Fertility and Child Quality in Colombia," Working Papers 818, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
  • Handle: RePEc:egc:wpaper:818

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    Family structure; fertility; child quality;

    JEL classification:

    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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