The fertility decline in the United States

schooling and income

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This study investigates the determinants of the fertility transition in the United States from 1850 to the end of the 20th century. We find a robust negative relation between years of schooling and fertility. The magnitude of our baseline estimate suggests that the rise in schooling accounts for about 60% of the US fertility decline. In contrast, we find no evidence of a robust relation between income per capita and fertility. This pattern corroborates theories stressing the importance of human capital investments in generating a transition from high to low fertility.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftMacroeconomic Dynamics
Vol/bind22
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)1584-1612
ISSN1365-1005
DOI
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2018

Fingeraftryk

Income
Schooling
Fertility
Fertility decline
Human capital investment
20th century
Per capita income

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The fertility decline in the United States : schooling and income. / Hansen, Casper Worm; Jensen, Peter Sandholt; Lønstrup, Lars.

I: Macroeconomic Dynamics, Bind 22, Nr. 6, 09.2018, s. 1584-1612.

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