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Economic Complexity and Fertility. Insights from a Low Fertility Country

Niccolò Innocenti (), Daniele Vignoli () and Luciana Lazzeretti ()
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Luciana Lazzeretti: Università di Firenze

No 2020_03, Econometrics Working Papers Archive from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti"

Abstract: This paper analyses the relationship between a new indicator of economic context, economic complexity (EC), and fertility change in Italian provinces for the period 2006–2015. We hypothesise that the level of EC is associated with fertility because it captures the capacity of a territory to innovate, grow, and create job options. The results illustrate a clear positive association between EC and fertility change across Italian provinces for the period considered, net of traditional fertility predictors. Those areas that stand at the frontiers of EC are also more likely to dominate and adapt to the negative consequences of globalisation.

JEL-codes: F60 J13 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2020-03
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