publication . Article . 2016

Testing the quantity–quality model of fertility: Estimation using unrestricted family size models

Mogstad, Magne; Wiswall, Matthew;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
We examine the relationship between child quantity and quality. Motivated by the theoretical ambiguity regarding the sign of the marginal effects of additional siblings on children's outcomes, our empirical model allows for an unrestricted relationship between family size and child outcomes. We find that the conclusion in Black, Devereux, and Salvanes (2005) of no family size effect does not hold after relaxing their linear specification in family size. We find nonzero effects of family size in ordinary least squares estimation with controls for confounding characteristics like birth order and in instrumental variables estimation instrumenting family size with t...
free text keywords: Quantity-quality model of fertility, family size, birth order, nonlinearity, instrumental variables, ddc:330
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