Is Education Always Reducing Fertility? Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Reforms

Fort, Margherita and Schneeweis, Nicole and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf (2016) Is Education Always Reducing Fertility? Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Reforms. Economic Journal. (Published before print)

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We study the relationship between education and fertility, exploiting compulsory schooling reforms in England and Continental Europe, implemented between 1936 and 1975. We assess the causal effect of education on the number of biological children and the incidence of childlessness. While we find a negative relationship between education and fertility in England, this result can not be confirmed for Continental Europe. The additional education generated by schooling expansions on the Continent did not lead to a decrease in the number of biological children nor to an increase in childlessness. These findings are robust to a number of sensitivity and falsification checks. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Education; Fertility; Causal effects
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): I2, J13
Research Groups: Labour Market and Social Policy
Status: Published before print
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 13:00
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4008

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