Differences in fertility behavior and uncertainty: an economic theory of the minority status hypothesis

Chabé-Ferret, Bastien ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1365-7442 and Melindi Ghidi, Paolo (2013) Differences in fertility behavior and uncertainty: an economic theory of the minority status hypothesis. Journal of Population Economics, 26 (3) . pp. 887-905. ISSN 0933-1433 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s00148-012-0434-8)

Abstract

We revisit the question of why fertility behaviors and educational decisions appear to vary systematically across ethnic groups. We assess the possibility that differences in fertility across groups remain even though their socio-economic characteristics are similar. More specifically, we consider that parents’ fertility decisions are affected by the uncertainty concerning the future economic status of their offspring. We assume that this uncertainty varies across groups and is linked to the size of the group one belongs to. We find theoretical support for the minority status hypothesis according to which members of large minorities usually have a higher fertility than those in the majority facing low potential for social mobility while small minorities have lower fertility.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Fertility, minority status, uncertainty
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 30930
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Depositing User: Bastien Chabe-Ferret
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2020 13:50
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 12:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30930

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