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Article: The role of husband's and wife's economic activity status in the demand for children

TitleThe role of husband's and wife's economic activity status in the demand for children
Authors
Issue Date1987
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/devec
Citation
Journal Of Development Economics, 1987, v. 25 n. 2, p. 329-352 How to Cite?
AbstractThe existing literature on household demand for children in developing countries focuses on women's choice of different types of market activity. Many types of work in the informal sector are considered to be more compatible with child care because they put less demands on women's time. The presence of such compatibility effects is used to explain why women's wage rates or labor force participation rates are not always negatively related to the fertility rates. However, households in the informal sector may own a family business, which can lead them to have a greater demand for children because child labor can be more productively employed in the family enterprise. Consequently, not only is wife's choice of market activity type important in determining fertility demand, but so is husband's choice. The new emphasis is on men's role. Micro data from the urban sector of Hong Kong are used to test for the presence of both the compatibility and child labor effects on fertility demand with positive results. Our study shows that incorporating husband's choice of market activity type can be important in the analysis of fertility demand in developing countries. © 1987.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/177650
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dc.contributor.authorWong, YCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-19T09:39:26Z-
dc.date.available2012-12-19T09:39:26Z-
dc.date.issued1987en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Development Economics, 1987, v. 25 n. 2, p. 329-352en_US
dc.identifier.issn0304-3878en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/177650-
dc.description.abstractThe existing literature on household demand for children in developing countries focuses on women's choice of different types of market activity. Many types of work in the informal sector are considered to be more compatible with child care because they put less demands on women's time. The presence of such compatibility effects is used to explain why women's wage rates or labor force participation rates are not always negatively related to the fertility rates. However, households in the informal sector may own a family business, which can lead them to have a greater demand for children because child labor can be more productively employed in the family enterprise. Consequently, not only is wife's choice of market activity type important in determining fertility demand, but so is husband's choice. The new emphasis is on men's role. Micro data from the urban sector of Hong Kong are used to test for the presence of both the compatibility and child labor effects on fertility demand with positive results. Our study shows that incorporating husband's choice of market activity type can be important in the analysis of fertility demand in developing countries. © 1987.en_US
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dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/devecen_US
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dc.titleThe role of husband's and wife's economic activity status in the demand for childrenen_US
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dc.identifier.emailWong, Yc: rycwong@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/0304-3878(87)90089-7-
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