Do Couples Bargain Over Fertility? Evidence Based on Child Preference Data

29 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2010  

Timo Hener

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Date Written: September 2010

Abstract

Empirical literature has found evidence in favor of household bargaining models. In contrast to earlier tests that are limited to assignable private goods, we use child preference data in order to extend the empirical evidence on household bargaining to public household goods. In the empirical analysis, we exploit the different theoretical predictions for couples with heterogeneous and homogeneous preferences derived from household models. Our results indicate that couples bargain over fertility. Furthermore, we find that the ability to commit to household resource allocations depends on the gender of the partner with higher preferences.

Keywords: Fertility, Child Preferences, Intra-Household Allocation, Bargaining, Limited Commitment

JEL Classification: D01, D13, J13, J18

Suggested Citation

Hener, Timo, Do Couples Bargain Over Fertility? Evidence Based on Child Preference Data (September 2010). SOEPpaper No. 323. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1697554

Timo Hener (Contact Author)

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