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dc.contributor.authorBrewer, Mikeen_US
dc.contributor.authorRatcliffe, Anitaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Sarahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-04T09:18:58Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-04T09:18:58Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/47473-
dc.description.abstractIn 1999 the UK government made major reforms to the system of child-contingent benefits, including the introduction of Working Families' Tax Credit and an increase in means-tested Income Support for families with children. Between 1999-2003 government spending per-child on these benefits rose by 50 per cent in real terms, a change that was unprecedented over a thirty year period. This paper examines whether there was a response in childbearing. To identify the effect of the reforms, we exploit the fact that the spending increases were targeted at low-income households and we use the (exogenously determined) education of the woman and her partner to define treatment and control groups. We argue that the reforms are most likely to have a positive fertility effect for women in couples and show that this is the case. We find that there was an increase in births (by around 15 per cent) among the group affected by the reforms.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherInstitute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Londonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIFS working papers 08,09en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.jelJ18en_US
dc.subject.jelH53en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWelfare reformen_US
dc.subject.keywordFertilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordWorking Families Tax Crediten_US
dc.subject.stwFamilienpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwFamilienleistungsausgleichen_US
dc.subject.stwSteuerbegünstigungen_US
dc.subject.stwFruchtbarkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwGroßbritannienen_US
dc.titleDoes welfare reform affect fertility? Evidence from the UKen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn59501948Xen_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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