Do Highly Educated Women Choose Smaller Families?

36 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2015

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Moshe Hazan

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Hosny Zoabi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

We present evidence that the cross‐sectional relationship between fertility and women's education in the US has recently become U‐shaped. The number of hours women work has concurrently increased with their education. In our model, raising children and homemaking require parents’ time, which could be substituted by services such as childcare and housekeeping. By substituting their own time for market services to raise children and run their households, highly educated women are able to have more children and work longer hours. We find that the change in the relative cost of childcare accounts for the emergence of this new pattern.

Suggested Citation

Hazan, Moshe and Zoabi, Hosny, Do Highly Educated Women Choose Smaller Families? (September 2015). The Economic Journal, Vol. 125, Issue 587, pp. 1191-1226, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2657817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12148

Moshe Hazan (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

Hosny Zoabi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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