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Opportunity costs of having a child, financial constraints and fertility

Opportunity costs of having a child, financial constraints and fertility Economic theory often assumes that the opportunity costs of having a child and financial constraints have a simultaneous but opposite influence on fertility. This empirical study aims to test the concomitance of these effects using the answers to an original survey carried out in 2003 amongst nearly 1000 French employees, giving information about the impact of their working schedule on the number of children they intend to have. The statistical analysis, based on a ‘ceteris paribus’ approach using Logit estimates, strongly confirms the simultaneous presence of these two explanatory dimensions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Economics Letters Taylor & Francis

Opportunity costs of having a child, financial constraints and fertility

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1466-4291
eISSN
1350-4851
DOI
10.1080/13504850500425535
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Abstract

Economic theory often assumes that the opportunity costs of having a child and financial constraints have a simultaneous but opposite influence on fertility. This empirical study aims to test the concomitance of these effects using the answers to an original survey carried out in 2003 amongst nearly 1000 French employees, giving information about the impact of their working schedule on the number of children they intend to have. The statistical analysis, based on a ‘ceteris paribus’ approach using Logit estimates, strongly confirms the simultaneous presence of these two explanatory dimensions.

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Applied Economics LettersTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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