Differential fertility and intergenerational mobility under private versus public education

C. Simon FAN, Jie ZHANG

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Abstract

We study differential fertility and intergenerational mobility in an overlapping-generations framework with skilled and unskilled individuals. Assuming unskilled parents are less productive in educating children, we show that they choose higher fertility but less investment for child education than skilled parents. Public education reduces the fertility gap but may increase intergenerational mobility under certain conditions. We also find very different responses of fertility differential and intergenerational mobility to a variation in a preference or technology parameter. As the ratio of skilled to working population rises towards its steady state, average income rises, average fertility falls, but income inequality first rises and then falls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-941
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date28 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Bibliographical note

The research is financed by the National University of Singapore (grant # R122000117).

Keywords

  • Differential fertility
  • Education
  • Inequality
  • Intergenerational mobility

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