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Do credit supply shocks affect fertility choices?

Kim, Jeong Ho (John), Heebum Lee and Sung Kwan Lee

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 2022, vol. 34, issue C

Abstract: We empirically investigate the role of credit supply in fertility decisions. Using the U.S. banking deregulation in the 1980s and the 2007–2009 Great Recession as two different laboratories for credit supply shocks, we find that an increase in credit supply consistently implies higher fertility rates, as well as higher propensity to have a child. This relation, which is economically and statistically significant, differs across individuals: It is more pronounced for young women and for families with unemployed husbands. Finally, we provide suggestive evidence that increased credit access leads to more optimistic expectations about personal prospects, and in turn, higher fertility rates.

Keywords: Credit supply; Fertility choices; Family economics; Banking deregulation; Great Recession (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbef.2022.100633

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