Fertility and the health of children: A nonparametric investigation

Daniel J. Henderson, Daniel L. Millimet, Christopher F. Parmeter, Le Wang

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Abstract

Although the theoretical trade-off between the quantity and quality of children is well established, empirical evidence supporting such a causal relationship is limited. This chapter applies a recently developed nonparametric estimator of the conditional local average treatment effect to assess the sensitivity of the quantity-quality trade-off to functional form and parametric assumptions. Using data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey and controlling for the potential endogeneity of fertility, we find mixed evidence supporting the trade-off.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModelling and Evaluating Treatment Effects in Econometrics
PublisherJAI Press
Pages167-195
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9780762313808
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Econometrics
Volume21
ISSN (Print)0731-9053

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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