More Schooling, More Children: Compulsory Schooling Reforms and Fertility in Europe

Fort, Margherita and Schneeweis, Nicole and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf (December 2011) More Schooling, More Children: Compulsory Schooling Reforms and Fertility in Europe. IHS Economics Series 281

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Abstract: We study the relationship between education and fertility, exploiting compulsory schooling reforms in Europe as source of exogenous variation in education. Using data from 8 European countries, we assess the causal effect of education on the number of biological kids and the incidence of childlessness. We find that more education causes a substantial decrease in childlessness and an increase in the average number of children per woman. Our findings are robust to a number of falsification checks and we can provide complementary empirical evidence on the mechanisms leading to these surprising results.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Instrumental variables' 'Education' 'Fertility'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): I2, J13
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 00:36
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/2107

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