Death and Offspring: Murder Effects on Fertility

13 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2012  

Andres Ramirez Hassan

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF)

Mateo Uribe Castro

Universidad EAFIT

Date Written: October 10, 2012

Abstract

Economic tradition establishes that human beings' reproductive behaviour is based on rational actions. This theory is completely plausible; however, there is another part to this story, whatever else we may be, we are animals, and this biological heritage instinctively affects our reproductive strategy. Human beings want to extend their genes through time. We test this hypothesis using panel data models for 52 countries from 1995 to 2009, controlling for cultural, social and economic variables, and find a positive and statistically significant effect of the threat of violent death on the fertility rate. Countries characterised by a high murder rate have a high fertility rate. Apparently, there is an instinctive pattern to be found in our reproductive strategy; we are not as rational as we suppose.

Keywords: Reproductive strategy, Instinctive pattern, Murder rate, Fertility rate

JEL Classification: J13, J11, A14

Suggested Citation

Ramirez Hassan, Andres and Castro, Mateo Uribe, Death and Offspring: Murder Effects on Fertility (October 10, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2193824 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2193824

Andres Ramirez Hassan (Contact Author)

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF) ( email )

Carrera 49 No. 7 South - 50
Bogotá
Colombia
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Mateo Uribe Castro

Universidad EAFIT

Carrera 49 N° 7 sur – 50
Bogotá, Antioquia 00000
Colombia

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