Fertility and the business cycle: the European case

  title={Fertility and the business cycle: the European case},
  author={Hector Mestre Bellido and Miriam Marc{\'e}n},
  journal={Review of Economics of the Household},
This paper analyzes the role of the business cycle in fertility, using data from 30 European countries for the period 1993 to 2013. We find that the unemployment rate, used as a proxy for the evolution of the business cycle, negatively affects the fertility rate, although the effect of business cycle variations is quite moderate. Since, with the available data for the period, it is not possible to check whether recent changes in the business cycle have had a permanent effect on the fertility… CONTINUE READING


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