Empirically Probing the Quantity-Quality Model

Fitzsimons, Emla and Malde, Bansi (2014) Empirically Probing the Quantity-Quality Model. Journal of Population Economics, 27 (1). pp. 33-68. ISSN 0933-1433. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-013-0474-8) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper estimates the causal effects of family size on girls’ education in Mexico, exploiting prenatal son preference as a source of random variation in the propensity to have more children within an Instrumental Variables framework. It finds no evidence of family size having an adverse effect on education. The paper then weakens the identification assumption and allows for the possibility that the instrument is invalid. It finds that the effects of family size on girls’ schooling remain extremely modest at most. Families that are relatively large compensate for reduced per child resources by increasing maternal labour supply.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Fertility; Education; Instrumental Variables; Latin America
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Bansi Malde
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 12:04 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 10:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57958 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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