Education and the Derived Demand for Children

@article{Michael1973EducationAT,
  title={Education and the Derived Demand for Children},
  author={Robert T. Michael},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1973},
  volume={81},
  pages={S128 - S164}
}
  • R. Michael
  • Published 1 March 1973
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
A negative correlation across households between parent's education and completed fertility is one of the most widely and frequently observed relationships in the empirical literature on human fertility behavior. In this paper I utilize the emerging economic theory of household behavior, which is also employed in other papers in this Supplement, to formulate an explanation for this observed negative correlation. In particular, the paper has two objectives: (1) to consider the mechanisms through… 
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