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Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-off a Trade-off for All, None, or Some?

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  • Millimet, Daniel L.

    (Southern Methodist University)

  • Wang, Le

    (University of Oklahoma)

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Although the theoretical trade-off between the quantity and quality of children is well-established, empirical evidence supporting such a causal relationship ? particularly on child health ? is limited. We use two measures of child health to asses the quantity-quality trade-off across the entire distribution. Using data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey and controlling for the potential endogeneity of child quantity, we find evidence of a causal trade-off only for some and only in the short-run.

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  • Millimet, Daniel L. & Wang, Le, 2009. "Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-off a Trade-off for All, None, or Some?," IZA Discussion Papers 4078, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    quantile treatment effects; fertility; human capital; health; stochastic dominance; intrahousehold allocation;
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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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