The effect of education on fertility: Evidence from a compulsory schooling reform

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Cygan-Rehm K, Mäder MG
Zeitschrift: Labour Economics
Verlag: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2013
Band: 25
Seitenbereich: 35-48
ISSN: 0927-5371


Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of education on fertility under inflexible labor market conditions. We exploit exogenous variation from a German compulsory schooling reform to deal with the endogeneity of education. By using data from two complementary datasets, we examine different fertility outcomes over the life cycle. In contrast to evidence for other developed countries, we find that increased education causally reduces completed fertility. This negative effect operates through a postponement of first births away from teenage years and no catch-up later in life. We attribute these findings to the particularly high opportunity costs of childrearing in Germany. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Cygan-Rehm, Kamila Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Statistik und empirische Wirtschaftsforschung
Mäder, Miriam Gesa
Lehrstuhl für Statistik und empirische Wirtschaftsforschung


Zitierweisen

APA:
Cygan-Rehm, K., & Mäder, M.G. (2013). The effect of education on fertility: Evidence from a compulsory schooling reform. Labour Economics, 25, 35-48. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2013.04.015

MLA:
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila, and Miriam Gesa Mäder. "The effect of education on fertility: Evidence from a compulsory schooling reform." Labour Economics 25 (2013): 35-48.

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