Celebrating 150 Years of Analyzing Fertility Trends in Germany

19 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2012

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Michael Jan Kendzia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Abstract

Ever since the very beginning of the Journal of Economics and Statistics, population economics has featured prominently in the Journal. Fertility naturally plays an important role in population economics. Its size has decreased significantly from the 1900s. Long time-series regarding fertility and basic trends in Germany are documented and analyzed. We identify three different explanatory approaches for the decline in fertility, according to which the various articles of the Journal related to this area are categorized. The paper also investigates previous fertility studies published by the Journal since the beginning. It points out that several articles anticipated subsequent research directions in the area of population economics at an early stage. In addition, significant contributions were made in terms of further developing existing knowledge. Thus, the Journal has helped to expand the research area of population economics.

Keywords: self-regulation, Malthus, total fertility rate, fertility, Q-Q trade-off

JEL Classification: J10, J11, J13

Suggested Citation

Kendzia, Michael Jan and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Celebrating 150 Years of Analyzing Fertility Trends in Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6355, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010950

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