Vasilaky, Kathryn (2011): The effects of school quality on fertility in a transition economy.
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This paper investigates the effects of school quality on fertility in a transition country. It aims to explain the slowing fertility and shrinking rural sector of a post Soviet country, Ukraine, through the decline in the quality of public services, in particular, school quality. It builds on earlier work of Rosenzweig (1982), which tests for the effects of a change in the price of child quality, measured here by school quality. Estimates from a generalized Poisson model of fertility show that school quality has a positive and signiﬁcant effect on household fertility. Speciﬁcally, a 10 % increase in teacher quality is associated with a 3+% rise in fertility. This positive relationship between education and fertility distinguishes itself from the negative relationship that is commonly observed between these two factors. It also suggests that Ukraine should reconsider its population policies that are aimed at increasing fertility, from short term income transfers for rural families to long term investments into the quality and equality of their education system.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The effects of school quality on fertility in a transition economy|
|English Title:||THE EFFECTS OF SCHOOL QUALITY ON FERTILITY IN A TRANSITION ECONOMY|
|Keywords:||school quality, transition economy, quality quantity tradeoff|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
|Depositing User:||Kathryn Vasilaky|
|Date Deposited:||23. May 2012 13:58|
|Last Modified:||21. Feb 2013 13:18|
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