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Socioeconomic Determinants of Fertility in China a Microeconometric Analysis

Junsen Zhang
Journal of Population Economics
Vol. 3, No. 2 (Aug., 1990), pp. 105-123
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20007310
Page Count: 19
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Socioeconomic Determinants of Fertility in China a Microeconometric Analysis
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Abstract

This paper reports the first set of estimates of the socioeconomic determinants of fertility in China using micro-data available from China's 1985 In-Depth Fertility Survey. Based on existing microeconomic theories of fertility, an econometric model was specified and estimated. The results indicate that even after age, marriage duration and child mortality are taken into account, education level of the woman, occupational status of the husband, the place of former and current residence, sex preference for boys, durable goods ownership, and family structure affect fertility. For the middle cohorts (aged 25-34 years in 1985), the relationship between fertility and education takes the form of a J-shaped curve.

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