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Testing the Quantity-Quality Fertility Model: The Use of Twins as a Natural Experiment

Mark R. Rosenzweig and Kenneth I. Wolpin
Econometrica
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan., 1980), pp. 227-240
Published by: The Econometric Society
DOI: 10.2307/1912026
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1912026
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The predictive content of the quantity-quality model of fertility is analyzed and the empirical information required for verification under a minimal set of restrictions on the utility function is described. It is demonstrated that commodity-independent compensated price effects must be known to infer the existence of the unobservable interdependent shadow prices of the model with a relatively weak structure imposed on preference orderings. A method of using multiple birth events to substitute for these exogenous prices is proposed and applied to household data from India.

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