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Testing the Inverseness of Fertility and Labor Supply: The Case of Ethiopia


Blen Solomon


Grand Valley State University - Department of Economics

Jean Kimmel


Western Michigan University - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


IZA Discussion Paper No. 3949

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We test the inverseness of fertility and labor supply for married women in Ethiopia to determine if previous research (focusing on developed countries) that has found an inverse relationship between fertility and labor supply is applicable to least developed countries. The research into fertility and labor supply has relied on a variety of methodologies for addressing the endogeneity of fertility. Using data from the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) of Ethiopia, we use the husband's desire for children to instrument for fertility. Our empirical results fail to support an inverse relationship between fertility and labor supply in Ethiopia, perhaps because the persistence of traditional family structures in the face of rising national female employment facilitates maternal employment. This finding has implications for other LDCs as well.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: labor supply, fertililty

JEL Classification: J13, J22

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Date posted: January 25, 2009  

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Solomon, Blen and Kimmel, Jean, Testing the Inverseness of Fertility and Labor Supply: The Case of Ethiopia. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3949. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1332590

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Blen Solomon (Contact Author)
Grand Valley State University - Department of Economics ( email )
478c DeVos Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States
Jean Kimmel
Western Michigan University - Department of Economics ( email )
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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