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Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in a model of fertility choice

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  • Rainer, Helmut
  • Selvaretnam, Geethanjali
  • Ulph, David

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We examine the relationship between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the microeconomics of fertility choice. Along the way, we develop a model consistent with between-country differences in overall fertility and fertility timing. Our analysis of ART centers around the distinction between biomedical and behavioral effects. While improvements in ART have the biomedical effect of raising fertility, they may cause some women who would otherwise have tried to have children earlier on in life to postpone childbirth to later in life when the conception success probability is lower. This behavioral effect of postponement may reduce the fertility rate.

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  • Rainer, Helmut & Selvaretnam, Geethanjali & Ulph, David, 2011. "Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in a model of fertility choice," Munich Reprints in Economics 19815, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:19815
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    1. Auer, Wolfgang & Danzer, Natalia & Rainer, Helmut, 2013. "Fixed-term Employment and Fertility: Theory and Evidence from German Micro Data," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79894, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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