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Fertility Effects of Child Benefits

Regina Riphahn () and Frederik Wiynck

No 896, SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research from DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

Abstract: We exploit the 1996 reform of the German child benefit program to identify the causal effect of heterogeneous child benefits on fertility. While generally the reform increased child benefits, the exact amount of the increase varied by household income and the number of children. We use these heterogeneities to identify their causal effects on fertility in a difference-in-differences setting. We apply the large samples of the German Mikrozensus and the rich data of the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). The reform effects on low income couples are not statistically significant. We find some support for positive fertility effects for higher as opposed to lower income couples deciding on a second birth.

Keywords: child benefits; fertility; tax allowance; causal effect; difference-in-differences; Mikrozensus; SOEP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 I38 C54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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