Macrohistory Seminar – Selma Walther (University of Sussex) Fertility and Labor Market Responses to Reductions in Mortality

Event details

  • Thursday, October 10
  • 12:15 PM
  • Juridicum, Faculty-lounge (Room 0.036, opposite lecture hall K)
Fertility and Labor Market Responses to Reductions in Mortality

We investigate women’s fertility, labor and marriage market responses to large declines in child mortality. We find delayed childbearing, and lower intensive and extensive margin fertility. We also find increased labor force participation, an improvement in occupational status, and a decline in the chances of ever having married. We present a new theory of fertility that reconciles these findings with existing models of behaviour. A key mechanism in our framework is that improvements in child survival allow women to start fertility later and to invest more in the labor market.

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