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Inverse J Effect of Economic Growth on Fertility: A Model of Gender Wages and Maternal Time Substitution

Day, Creina


This paper presented a model where economic growth, via growth in female wages relative to male wages, encouraged households to raise paid female labor supply and have more children by substituting child care for maternal time. A threshold logarithm per capita output, above which fertility decline reverses, was predicted to depend on subsidized child care, maternity pay, and the value placed on children and maternal time spent rearing children. The predictions explained recent evidence and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-06-16
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
DOI: 10.1007/s10834-018-9578-3


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