Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62037
Authors: 
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila
Mäder, Miriam
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2012: Neue Wege und Herausforderungen für den Arbeitsmarkt des 21. Jahrhunderts - Session: Education, Labor and Fertility D13-V2
Abstract: 
This study analyzes the effect of education on the number of children, childlessness, and the timing of the first birth. We use exogenous variation from a mandatory reform to compulsory schooling in West Germany to deal with the endogeneity of schooling. In contrast to studies for other developed countries, we find a significant negative effect of education on completed fertility. We attribute this finding to the particularly high opportunity costs of child-rearing in Germany.
JEL: 
I21
J13
J24
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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