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Fertility and Female Labor Supply in Latin America: New Causal Evidence

  • Guillermo Cruces

    (ECLAC & STICERD)

  • Sebastian Galiani

    (Universidad de San Andres)

We study the effect of fertility on maternal labor supply in Argentina and Mexico exploiting a source of exogenous variability in family size first introduced by Angrist and Evans (1998) for the United States. We find that the estimates for the US can be generalized both qualitatively and quantitatively to the populations of two developing countries where, compared to the US, fertility is known to be higher, female education levels are much lower and there are fewer formal facilities for childcare.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 11 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0511011
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 12. Working paper 84, Economics Department, Universidad de San Andres, Argentina.
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