|Becker, Sascha O.; Cinnirella, Francesco; Wößmann, Ludger (2011): Does parental education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia. CESifo working paper: Economics of Education, 3430|
While women’s employment opportunities, relative wages, and the child quantity-quality trade-off have been studied as factors underlying historical fertility limitation, the role of parental education has received little attention. We combine Prussian county data from three censuses - 1816, 1849, and 1867 - to estimate the relationship between women’s education and their fertility before the demographic transition. Despite controlling for several demand and supply factors, we find a negative residual effect of women’s education on fertility. Instrumental-variable estimates, using exogenous variation in women’s education driven by differences in landownership inequality, suggest that the effect of women’s education on fertility is causal.
|Item Type:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
Economics > Chairs > CESifo-Professorship for Empirical Innovation Economics
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 330 Economics|
|Deposited On:||15. Apr 2014 08:57|
|Last Modified:||29. Apr 2016 09:17|