Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110259
Authors: 
Bönisch, Peter
Hyll, Walter
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 752
Abstract: 
In this paper we study the effect of television exposure on fertility. We exploit a natural experiment that took place in Germany after WWII. For topographical reasons, Western TV programs, which promoted one/no child families, could not be received in certain parts of East Germany. Using an IV approach, we find robust evidence that watching West German TV results in lower fertility. This conclusion is robust to alternative model specifications and data sets. Our results imply that individual fertility decisions are affected by role models or information about other ways of life promoted by media.
Subjects: 
Natural experiment
TV consumption
Fertility
JEL: 
C26
D12
J13
L82
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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