Jellal, Mohamed and wolff, François charles (2002): Insecure old-age security. Published in: Oxford Economic Papers No. 54 (2002), 636–648 636
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In this paper, we examine the old-age security hypothesis according to which parents rear children because they expect the latter to care for them in their later years. In developing countries where there are no perfect capital markets, children are usually viewed as a potential source of income and as a time-related support in old age. However, investing in children remains risky. By focusing on uncertainty about the parental consumption during old age, we show that there exists a precautionary motive for the demand for children so that fertility of prudent parents is expected to increase.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Insecure old-age security|
|Keywords:||Old age, security, chilgren, fertility, uncertainty, income|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility ; Family Planning ; Child Care ; Children ; Youth
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H55 - Social Security and Public Pensions
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
|Depositing User:||Mohamed Jellal|
|Date Deposited:||07. May 2012 14:59|
|Last Modified:||19. Feb 2013 00:37|
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