Sibling-Sex Composition and its Effects on Fertility and Labor Supply of Greek Mothers

10 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008 Last revised: 9 Mar 2009

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Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Nicholas Giannakopoulos

University of Patras - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 16, 2008

Abstract

Using Greek Census data for 1991 and 2001 and applying IV-estimation techniques suggested by Angrist and Evans (1998), we investigate whether parental preferences regarding the sex composition of children identify the causal effect of fertility on maternal employment. The results show that sibling-sex composition is at best a weak instrument in Greece, a low-fertility/low-employment country.

Keywords: fertility, female employment, instrumental variables, Greece

JEL Classification: J22, J13, C31

Suggested Citation

Daouli, Joan and Demoussis, Michael and Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, Sibling-Sex Composition and its Effects on Fertility and Labor Supply of Greek Mothers (July 16, 2008). Economics Letters, Vol. 102, No. 3, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160934

Joan Daouli

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

Michael Demoussis

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/michael_demoussis/

Nicholas Giannakopoulos (Contact Author)

University of Patras - Department of Economics ( email )

Rio Patras
Achaia Rio
Patras GR-265 04
Greece

HOME PAGE: http://www.geocities.com/giannakopoulos_nicholas/index

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