Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177249
Authors: 
Shayegh, Soheil
Casey, Greg P.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper No. 055.2017
Abstract: 
We examine the effect of climate change on fertility rates and human capital accumulation in developing countries, focusing on the instrumental role of migration. In particular, we investigate how climate-induced migration in developing countries will affect those who do not migrate. Holding all else constant, climate shocks raise the return to acquiring skills, because skilled individuals compared to unskilled ones have greater opportunity to migrate after the shock. In response to this change in incentives, parents choose to invest more in education and have less children, a process known as the ‘quantity-quality’ trade-off. These effects partially offset the damages of climate change, even for those who do not migrate.
Subjects: 
Migration
Climate Change
Fertility
Population
Wage
Quantity-quality Tradeoff
JEL: 
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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