The Empirical Analysis of East German Fertility after Unification: An Update

University of St. Gallen Working Paper No. 9905

14 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2000

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Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

German unification led a drastic decline in the East German birth rate. Recent explanations of this phenomena point to the importance of an adjustment process of the East German pattern, with often early births, to the West German pattern, with fairly late births. The paper presents an update on previous analyses of age-specific birth rates, as well as a new microeconomic approach based on individual data. The empirical evidence presented in this paper supports the view that the sharp reduction in East German fertility is in fact part of an adjustment process towards West German fertility patterns.

JEL Classification: J11, J13

Suggested Citation

Lechner, Michael, The Empirical Analysis of East German Fertility after Unification: An Update (1999). University of St. Gallen Working Paper No. 9905, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=171544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.171544

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