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Fertility Behaviour under Income Uncertainty

Fertility Behaviour under Income Uncertainty This paper develops a two-period stochastic model of fertility behaviour to provide a possible explanation for the recent sharp decline in birth rates in the former Soviet Republics and Eastern European countries. Due to the existence of irreversibilities associated with the childbearing decision and the option of postponing childbearing for a later time, it may be optimal for individuals to postpone childbearing during times of increased income uncertainty. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Population / Revue europ_enne de D_mographie Springer Journals

Fertility Behaviour under Income Uncertainty

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Demography; Sociology, general; Human Geography; Population Economics; Public Finance; Methodology of the Social Sciences
ISSN
0168-6577
eISSN
1572-9885
DOI
10.1023/A:1006106527618
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Abstract

This paper develops a two-period stochastic model of fertility behaviour to provide a possible explanation for the recent sharp decline in birth rates in the former Soviet Republics and Eastern European countries. Due to the existence of irreversibilities associated with the childbearing decision and the option of postponing childbearing for a later time, it may be optimal for individuals to postpone childbearing during times of increased income uncertainty.

Journal

European Journal of Population / Revue europ_enne de D_mographieSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 2, 2004

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