Fertility Transitions Along the Extensive and Intensive Margins

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, WP 2011-09

36 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016

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Daniel Aaronson

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Fabian Lange

McGill University

Bhashkar Mazumder

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

By augmenting the standard quantity-quality model with an extensive margin, we generate sharp testable predictions of causes of fertility transitions. We test the model on two generations of Southern black women affected by a large-scale school construction program. Consistent with our model, women facing improved schooling opportunities for their children became more likely to have at least one child but chose to have smaller families overall. By contrast, women who themselves obtained more schooling due to the program delayed childbearing along both the extensive and intensive margins and entered higher quality occupations, consistent with education raising opportunity costs of child rearing.

JEL Classification: I20, J13, J15, J16, J24

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Daniel and Lange, Fabian and Mazumder, Bhashkar, Fertility Transitions Along the Extensive and Intensive Margins (June 2012). Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, WP 2011-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2872262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2872262

Daniel Aaronson

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
United States

Fabian Lange (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

Bhashkar Mazumder

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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