Comparative Advantage , International Trade , and Fertility ⇤

  title={Comparative Advantage , International Trade , and Fertility ⇤},
  author={Quy-Toan Do and Claudio E. Raddatz},
We analyze theoretically and empirically the impact of comparative advantage in international trade on fertility. We build a model in which industries di↵er in the extent to which they use female relative to male labor, and countries are characterized by Ricardian comparative advantage in either female-labor or male-labor intensive goods. The main prediction of the model is that countries with comparative advantage in female-labor intensive goods are characterized by lower fertility. This is… CONTINUE READING