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Variations in Fertility - a Consequense of Other Factors Besides Love?

  • Löfström, Åsa

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Westerberg, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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    The purpose of this paper is to discuss possible explanations for the variation in the Swedish fertility rate. We are primarily interested in economic and social conditions and their impact on the total fertility rate between 1965 and 2003. The results from the study support a positive e¤ect on fertility from the female labour market participation and child allowance while divorces report a negative e¤ect on fertility. The model including level as well as di¤erences in the variables has been found to give the best results.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 681.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: 24 May 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0681
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