Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130539
Authors: 
Brezis, Elise S.
Dos Santos Ferreira, Rodolphe
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2015-07
Abstract: 
Since the seminal work of Becker, the dynamics of endogenous fertility has been based on the trade-off faced by parents between the quantity and the quality of their children. However, in developing countries, when child labor is an indispensable source of household income, parents actually incur a negative cost for having an extra child, so that the trade-off disappears. The purpose of this paper is to restore the Beckerian quantity-quality trade-off when intergenerational transfers are upstream, so as to keep fertility endogenous. We do that by adding a negative "sibship size effect" on human capital formation to the standard Becker model. With a simple specification, we obtain multiplicity of steady states or, more fundamentally, the possibility of a jump from a state with high fertility and low income to a state with low fertility and high income, triggered by a continuous increase in the productivity of human capital formation.
Subjects: 
Endogenous fertility
Intergenerational transfers
Human capital formation
Demographic transition
JEL: 
E24
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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