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Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-off a Trade-off for All, None, or Some?
by Daniel L. Millimet, Le Wang
(March 2009)
published in: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2011, 60 (1), 155-195

Abstract:
Although the theoretical trade-off between the quantity and quality of children is well-established, empirical evidence supporting such a causal relationship − particularly on child health − is limited. We use two measures of child health to asses the quantity-quality trade-off across the entire distribution. Using data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey and controlling for the potential endogeneity of child quantity, we find evidence of a causal trade-off only for some and only in the short-run.
Text: See Discussion Paper No. 4078