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On the Child Quantity-Quality Trade-off: The Academic Performance of World Cup Babies

Dirk Bethmann and Jae Il Cho ()
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Jae Il Cho: Vanderbilt University; Department of Economics; 010-back Calhoun Hall, Nashville, TN, 37240, United States

No 2201, Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Korea University

Abstract: In June 2002, South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the 17th FIFA World Cup. Stunning match results made Korean people gather in large crowds to cheer for their national team. In the subsequent spring, Korea experienced an increase in the fertility rate. Through a difference-in-differences design, we show that children born approximately 10 months after the World Cup tend to underperform in school.

Keywords: FIFA World Cup; quantity-quality trade-off; difference-in-differences; academic performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J13 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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