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Title: Fertility Choices, Human Capital Accumulation, and Endogenous Volatility
Authors: Varvarigos, Dimitrios
First Published: Nov-2010
Publisher: Dept. of Economics, University of Leicester
Abstract: In a three-period overlapping generations model, I show that different combinations of preference and technological parameters can lead to different patterns on the joint evolution of human capital and (endogenous) fertility choices. These patterns may include threshold effects and multiple equilibria as well as endogenous fluctuations. In the latter case, fertility is procyclical. Contrary to existing analyses, endogenous economic fluctuations emerge only when the substitution effects (rather than the income effects) dominate. I also show that the elasticity of intertemporal substitution may be an additional factor determining whether the economy can sustain a positive growth rate in the longrun.
Series/Report no.: Papers in Economics;11/08
Type: Report
Appears in Collections:Reports, Dept. of Economics

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