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Economic Growth, Gender Wage Gap and Fertility Rebound

12 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2012  

Creina Day

The University of Sydney; Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Fertility and per capita income are now positively associated across most high income OECD countries. Low fertility and a gender wage gap persist in Japan. This paper presents a model where endogenous increases in the price of child‐care and gender equity in the allocation of capital play important roles in the effect of per capita income growth and rising female relative wages on fertility. Results indicate that a positive relationship between fertility and per capita income is not robust: overall fertility rises with female relative wages if child‐care productivity is sufficiently high; female relative wages may not rise with per capita income if men work with increasing capital relative to women.

Keywords: 040

JEL Classification: J13, J24

Suggested Citation

Day, Creina, Economic Growth, Gender Wage Gap and Fertility Rebound (June 2012). Economic Record, Vol. 88, pp. 88-99, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2094788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2012.00799.x

Creina Day (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC NSW 2006
Australia

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building, #132, Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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