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Social capital, human capital and fertility

Raffaella Coppier, Fabio Sabatini () and Mauro Sodini

EERI Research Paper Series from Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels

Abstract: We develop an overlapping generations model to study how the interplay between social and human capital affects fertility. In a frame- work where families face a trade-off between the quantity and quality of children, we incorporate the assumption that social capital plays a key role in the accumulation of human capital. We show how the erosion of social capital can trigger a chain of reactions leading households to base their childbearing decisions on quantity, instead of quality, resulting in higher fertility.

Keywords: Fertility; quantity-quality trade-off; human capital; education; social capital; trust. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 Z1 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-gro, nep-hrm and nep-soc
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