Fertility and Female Labor Supply in Latin America: New Causal Evidence
13 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2013
Date Written: August 23, 2005
We study the effect of fertility on maternal labor supply in Argentina and Mexico exploiting a source of exogenous variability in family size first introduced by Angrist and Evans (1998) for the United States. We find that the estimates for the US can be generalized both qualitatively and quantitatively to the populations of two developing countries where, compared to the US, fertility is known to be higher, female education levels are much lower and there are fewer formal facilities for childcare.
Keywords: Causality, Childbearing and Female Labor Supply in Developing Countries
JEL Classification: J13, J22
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