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dc.contributor.authorFitzsimons, Emlaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMalde, Bansien_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-04T09:19:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-04T09:19:25Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/47493-
dc.description.abstractThis paper tests whether family size has a causal effect on girls' education in Mexico. It exploits son preference as the main source of random variation in the propensity to have more children, and estimates causal effects using instrumental variables. Overall, it finds no evidence of family size having an adverse effect on education, once the endogeneity of family size is accounted for. Results are robust to another commonly used instrument in this literature, the occurrence of twin births. A divisive concern throughout this literature is that the instruments are invalid, so that inferences including policy recommendations may be misleading. An important contribution of this paper is to allow for the possibility that the instruments are invalid and to provide an answer to the question of just how much the assumption of instrument exogeneity drives findings. It concludes that the assumption of exogeneity does not affect the results that much, and the effects of family size on girls' schooling remain extremely modest at most.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) |cLondonen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIFS working papers |x10,20en_US
dc.subject.jelI20en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordFertilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordEducationen_US
dc.subject.keywordInstrumental Variablesen_US
dc.subject.keywordMexicoen_US
dc.subject.stwFamilieen_US
dc.subject.stwKinderen_US
dc.subject.stwMädchenen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsinvestitionen_US
dc.subject.stwMexikoen_US
dc.titleEmpirically probing the quantity-quality modelen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn635899035en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US

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