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The Effect of Financial Resources on Fertility: Evidence fromAdministrative Data on Lottery Winners

Yung-Yu Tsai (), Hsing-Wen Han (), Kuang-Ta Lo () and Tzu-Ting Yang ()
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Yung-Yu Tsai: Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, University of Missouri, https://truman.missouri.edu/
Hsing-Wen Han: Department of Accounting, Tamkang University, http://www.acc.tku.edu.tw/Front/eng/Page.aspx?id=OQPNXKlOogo=
Kuang-Ta Lo: Department of Public Finance, National Chengchi University, https://pf.nccu.edu.tw/eng/PageFront?fid=714
Tzu-Ting Yang: Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, https://www.econ.sinica.edu.tw/

No 22-A007, IEAS Working Paper : academic research from Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract: This paper utilizes wealth shocks from winning lottery prizes to examine the effect of financial resources on fertility. Using administrative data on Taiwanese lottery winners and a difference-in-differences design, we compare the trend in fertility between households receiving lottery prizes of more than 1 million NT$ (33,000 US$) with those winning less than 10,000 NT$ (330 US$). The results show that the receipt of a big lottery prize significantly increases fertility, and effects are driven by households with less financial resources. Moreover, big lottery wins mainly trigger childless households to have children and induce people to get married earlier.

Pages: 55 pages
Date: 2022-12
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