The Effects of Family Benefits on Childbearing Decisions: A Household Optimising Approach Applied to Australia

  title={The Effects of Family Benefits on Childbearing Decisions: A Household Optimising Approach Applied to Australia},
  author={Ross S. Guest and Nick Parr},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic Record},
  • R. Guest, N. Parr
  • Published 23 November 2010
  • Economics
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Economic Record
This article analyses the effect of family benefits on childbearing decisions using an intertemporal utility maximising framework. The childbirth decisions of households are planned jointly with decisions about lifecycle consumption. The model is calibrated using data for Australia drawn, where possible, from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Wave 7 survey. The simulations show that changes in family benefits are likely to have both timing and quantum effects on childbirth… 
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