Adherence to cultural norms and economic incentives: evidence from fertility timing decisions

Chabé-Ferret, Bastien ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Adherence to cultural norms and economic incentives: evidence from fertility timing decisions. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 162 . pp. 24-48. ISSN 0167-2681 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2019.04.003)

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I analyze the interplay between culture and economic incentives in decision-making. To this end, I study fertility timing decisions of second generation migrant women to France and the US. While I confirm that originating from a high fertility country correlates to having larger families, I also find that it does not predict earlier entry into motherhood. I propose a model that rationalizes these findings in which decisions are the result of a trade-off between an economic cost-benefit analysis and a cultural norm. The model predicts that decisions with a higher cost of deviation from the economic optimum should be less prone to cultural influence. This is consistent with substantial evidence showing that the timing of the first birth bears much larger costs for mothers in terms of labor market outcomes than that of subsequent births.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Cultural norms, fertility, birth timing
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 30926
Notes on copyright: © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Bastien Chabe-Ferret
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2020 13:25
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:05

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