Just A Matter of Time: Empirical Evidence of the Causal Effect of Education on Fertility in Italy

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dc.contributor.author FORT, Margherita
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-27T10:48:50Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-27T10:48:50Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1830-1541
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/7357
dc.description.abstract This paper assesses the causal effects of education on fertility, allowing for heterogeneity in the effects while controlling for the self-selection of women into education. Identification relies on exogenous variation in schooling induced by a mandatory school reform implemented nationwide in Italy in the early 1960s. The findings suggest that: (i) an increase from primary to junior high school education causes a large proportion of women to postpone early births; (ii) the effect vanishes at older ages and women catch up with the fertility delay before turning 26; (iii) the effect of the increase in education on the number of children a woman has is negligible; (iv) there is large heterogeneity in the fertility behaviour of women. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2007/22 en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Motherhood en
dc.subject Regression Discontinuity Design en
dc.subject J1 en
dc.subject I2 en
dc.title Just A Matter of Time: Empirical Evidence of the Causal Effect of Education on Fertility in Italy en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.neeo.contributor FORT|Margherita|aut|
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