"Fertility: The Role of Culture and Family Experience,"

12 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008

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Raquel Fernández

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alessandra Fogli

Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2005

Abstract

This paper attempts to disentangle the direct effects of experience from those of culturein determining fertility. We use the GSS to examine the fertility of women born in the USbut from different ethnic backgrounds. We take lagged values of the total fertility rate in the woman s country of ancestry as the cultural proxy and use the woman s number of siblings to capture her direct family experience. We find that both variables are significant determinants of fertility, even after controlling for several individual and family-level characteristics.

Keywords: fertility, cultural transmission, immigrants, family

Suggested Citation

Fernández, Raquel and Fogli, Alessandra, "Fertility: The Role of Culture and Family Experience," (July 2005). NYU Working Paper No. 2451/26107, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1282538

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