|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers|
|Peer Review Status:||Unrefereed|
|Title:||The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition|
|Citation:||Becker S, Francesco C & Woessmann L (2009) The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-17.|
unified growth theory
|Series/Report no.:||Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-17|
|Abstract:||The trade-off between child quantity and education is a crucial ingredient of unified growth models that explain the transition from Malthusian stagnation to modern growth. We present first evidence that such a trade-off indeed existed before the demographic transition, exploiting a unique census-based dataset of 334 Prussian counties in 1849. Estimating two separate instrumental-variable models that instrument education by landownership inequality and distance to Wittenberg and fertility by previous-generation fertility and sex-imbalance ratio, we find that causation between fertility and education runs both ways. Furthermore, education in 1849 predicts the fertility transition in 1880-1905.|
|Type:||Working or Discussion Paper|
Ifo Institute, Germany
University of Munich
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