Analysis of the Determinants of Fertility Decline in the Czech Republic

31 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2003

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Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrey Launov

University of Wuerzburg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

In this paper we study the decline in total fertility rates in the Czech Republic during the transition process. To identify transition-specific features of this decline we use a multiperiod model of birth process and apply it to the family and fertility survey of 1998. In a standard duration analysis setting the model allows for time-dependence of information sets, on which the decision about the next birth is made. It also enables to estimate probabilities of early exit from childbearing. In this work we find that the negative effect of transition on TFR is mostly translated through a sharply increased negative influence of higher education on fertility, and through the apparent lack of adequate childcare facilities.

Keywords: fertility decline, transition countries, semiparametric estimation

JEL Classification: J00, J13

Suggested Citation

Klasen, Stephan and Launov, Andrey, Analysis of the Determinants of Fertility Decline in the Czech Republic (September 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 870. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=446320

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