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Family and Childcare Support Public Expenditures and Short-Term Fertility Dynamics

  • Cosmin Enache


    (Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, West University of Timisoara, Romania)

In a period of very low fertility, effective family and childcare support policy measures are needed. From a wide range of instruments available to government intervention, we focus on public expenditures effects on short-term fertility. Using a sample of 28 European countries in a panel framework, we found that there is a small positive elasticity of crude birth rate to cash benefits related to childbirth and childrearing provided through social security system. Different public services provided to ease the burden of parents and all benefits in kind, means or non-means tested, are found to be insignificant. These results are robust to alternative methods of estimation and country heterogeneity.

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Paper provided by West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series FEAA Working Papers with number 2012.FEAA.F.02.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 02 May 2012
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