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Measurement Without Theory, Once Again

Jeremy Greenwood, Ananth Seshadri () and Guillaume Vandenbroucke ()
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Ananth Seshadri: University of Wisconsin, http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~aseshadr/

No 27, Economie d'Avant Garde Research Reports from Economie d'Avant Garde

Abstract: Bailey and Collins (2011) argue that Greenwood, Seshadri, and Vandenbroucke's (2005) hypothesis that the baby boom was partly due to a burst of productivity in the household sector is not supported by evidence. This conclusion is based on regression results showing that appliance ownership is negatively correlated with fertility. They also argue that the Amish, who limit the use of modern technology, had a baby boom. First, it is demonstrated that a negative correlation between appliance ownership and fertility can arise naturally in Greenwood, Seshadri, and Vandenbroucke's model. Second, evidence is presented casting doubt on the presumed technology phobia of the Amish. In Journal of Demographic Economics (2015), v. 81, no. 3: 317-329.

Keywords: Amish; Appliances; Baby Boom; Bailey and Collins (2011); Fertility; Indirect Inference; Minimum Distance Estimation; Regressions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E13 J13 N32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-08
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