EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Effect of Interventions to Reduce Fertility on Economic Growth

Quamrul Ashraf (), David Weil () and Joshua Wilde ()

No 2011-14, Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We assess quantitatively the effect of exogenous reductions in fertility on output per capita. Our simulation model allows for effects that run through schooling, the size and age structure of the population, capital accumulation, parental time input into child-rearing, and crowding of fixed natural resources. The model is parameterized using a combination of microeconomic estimates, data on demographics and natural resource income in developing countries, and standard components of quantitative macroeconomic theory. We apply the model to examine the effect of an intervention that immediately reduces TFR by 1.0, using current Nigerian vital rates as a baseline. For a base case set of parameters, we find that an immediate decline in the TFR of 1.0 will raise output per capita by approximately 13.2 percent at a horizon of 20 years, and by 25.4 percent at a horizon of 50 years.

Keywords: # (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cmp, nep-dem and nep-dev
Date: 2011
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (6) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.brown.edu/academics/economics/sites/bro ... ds/2011-14_paper.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: The Effect of Fertility Reduction on Economic Growth (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: The Effect of Fertility Reduction on Economic Growth (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: The Effect of Interventions to Reduce Fertility on Economic Growth (2011) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bro:econwp:2011-14

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics Department of Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Brown Economics Webmaster ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-20
Handle: RePEc:bro:econwp:2011-14