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Childlessness, Childfreeness and Compensation

Marie-Louise Leroux, Pierre Pestieau () and Gregory Ponthiere ()
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Marie-Louise Leroux: CORE - Center of Operation Research and Econometrics [Louvain] - UCL - Université Catholique de Louvain, UQAM - Université du Québec à Montréal = University of Québec in Montréal

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Abstract: We study the design of a fair family policy in an economy where parent- hood is regarded either as desirable or as undesirable, and where there is imperfect fertility control, leading to involuntary childlessness/parenthood. Using an equivalent consumption approach in the consumption-fertility space, we .rst show that the identi.cation of the worst-o¤ individuals is not robust to how the social evaluator .xes the reference fertility level. Adopting the ex post egalitarian social criterion, which gives priority to the worst o¤ in realized terms, we then examine the compensation for involuntary childlessness/parenthood. Unlike real-world family policies, a fair family policy does not always involve positive family allowances to (voluntary) parents, and may also, under some reference fertility lev- els, involve positive childlessness allowances. Our results are robust to assuming asymmetric information and to introducing Assisted Reproduc- tive Technologies.

Keywords: fertility; childlessness; family policy; compensation; fairness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-12
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