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Social capital, human capital and fertility

Coppier, Raffaella and Sabatini, Fabio and Sodini, Mauro (2018): Social capital, human capital and fertility.

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Abstract We develop an overlapping generations model to study how the interplay between social and human capital affects fertility. In a framework where families face a trade-off between the quantity and quality of children, we incorporate the assumption that social capital plays a key role in the accumulation of human capital. We show how the erosion of social capital can trigger a chain of reactions leading households to base their childbearing decisions on quantity, instead of quality, resulting in higher fertility.

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