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Title:Fertility differences between married and cohabiting couples: a switching regression analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Zhang, Junfu
Song, Xue
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3245
Abstract:Little is known about why cohabiting couples have fewer children than married couples. We explore the factors that explain the difference in fertility between these two groups using a switching regression analysis, which enables us to quantify the contribution of different factors through a decomposition of the difference. We find that married couples have more children than cohabiting couples primarily because marriage provides stronger incentives for specialization in household production. Unobserved self-selection plays a less important role.
Subjects:Fertility
marriage
cohabitation
switching regression
self-selection
household specialization
JEL:J12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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