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Childlessness and Economic Development: a Survey

Thomas Baudin (), David de la Croix () and Paula Gobbi

No 2019-03, Working Papers ECARES from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper provides an introduction to the analysis of childlessness, first by describing the stylized facts and the relevant literature, and then by proposing a theoretical framework. We show that both poverty-driven childlessness and opportunity-driven childlessness matter and are essential to a thorough understanding of childlessness as a socioeconomic phenomenon.

Keywords: Childlessness; fertility; education; marriage; children; sterility; economic development; poverty-driven childlessness; opportunity-driven childlessness; female em- powerment; childcare; Malthusian economy; educational homogamy; reproductive health; demographic economics; developed countries; developing countries; historical childless- ness; quantity and quality of children; inequality. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-01
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