Hyperbolic Discounting and Fertility

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Wrede M
Journal: Journal of Population Economics
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2011
Volume: 24
Pages range: 1053-1070
ISSN: 0933-1433
Language: English


This paper analyzes the impact of hyperbolic discounting on the timing and on the number of births. Using a simple three-period model, it shows that, without the opportunity to shift the burden of rearing children into the future, hyperbolic discounters will give birth to fewer children. If child-care costs can be shifted completely to later periods, the impact of hyperbolic discounting on births depends on the underlying motive for motherhood, namely, whether children are regarded as consumption or investment goods. A large-sample empirical analysis, which uses an inconsistent savings pattern as an indicator of time inconsistency, confirms the theoretical results. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Wrede, Matthias Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Sozialpolitik

How to cite

Wrede, M. (2011). Hyperbolic Discounting and Fertility. Journal of Population Economics, 24, 1053-1070. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-009-0283-2

Wrede, Matthias. "Hyperbolic Discounting and Fertility." Journal of Population Economics 24 (2011): 1053-1070.


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