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Fertility Transitions along the Extensive and Intensive Margin

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  • Fabian Lange

    (McGill University)

  • Daniel Aaronson

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

By allowing for an extensive margin in the standard quantity-quality, we generate new insights into fertility transitions. We test the model on Southern black women affected by a large-scale school construction program. Consistent with our model, women facing improved schooling opportunities for their children were more likely to have at least one child but chose to have smaller families overall. By contrast, women who themselves obtained more schooling due to the program delayed childbearing along both the extensive and intensive margins and entered higher quality occupations, consistent with education raising opportunity costs of child rearing.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2014 Meeting Papers with number 211.

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