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Fertility Choice Under Child Mortality and Social Norms

  • Chakraborty, Shankha
  • Bhattacharya, Joydeep

In most demographic transitions, declines in child mortality precede declines in net fertility rates. Variants of the Barro-Becker model of fertility fail to deliver this link. A simple extension, the inclusion of social norms regarding fertility, generates the desired effect.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 34911.

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Date of creation: 10 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:34911
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