The Effect of Education on Overall Fertility

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Philip DeCicca

McMaster University - Department of Economics; Ball State--Department of Economics

Harry A. Krashinsky

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

Fertility rates have long been falling in many developed countries while educational attainment in these countries has risen. We attempt to reconcile these two trends with a novel application of a recent model to generate plausibly causal effects of education on these decreases in fertility. Specifically, we find that education “compresses” the fertility distribution – women are more likely to have at least one child, but less likely to have multiple children. We demonstrate that the mechanism for this effect is through the positive impact of education on earnings and marriage.

Suggested Citation

DeCicca, Philip and DeCicca, Philip and Krashinsky, Harry A., The Effect of Education on Overall Fertility (December 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w23003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2892427

Philip DeCicca (Contact Author)

McMaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Ball State--Department of Economics ( email )

United States

Harry A. Krashinsky

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations ( email )

121 St. George Street
Toronto M5S 2E8
Canada
(416) 978-5696 (Phone)

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