World War Ii , Missing Men , and Out-of-wedlock Childbearing

@inproceedings{Kvasnicka2008WorldWI,
  title={World War Ii , Missing Men , and Out-of-wedlock Childbearing},
  author={Michael Kvasnicka and RWI Essen and Dirk Bethmann},
  year={2008}
}
Based on county-level census data for the German state of Bavaria in 1939 and 1946, we use World War II as a natural experiment to study the effects of sex ratio changes on out-of-wedlock fertility. Our findings show that war-induced shortfalls of men to women significantly increased the nonmarital fertility ratio at mid century, a result that proves robust to the use of alternative sex ratio definitions, post-war measures of fertility, and estimation samples. The magnitude of this increase… CONTINUE READING
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