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Karen Eggleston, Director, Asia Health Policy Program,
Stanford University and Richard Zechauser, Professor of
Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Data on 2,355 married women from the 2006 China Health and Nutrition Survey are used to study how female employment affects fertility in China. China has deep concerns with both population size and female employment, so the relationship between the two should be better understood. Causality flows in both directions. A conceptual model shows how employment prospects affect fertility. Then an instrumental variable isolates this effect. Female employment reduces a married woman’s preferred number of children by 0.35 on average and her actual number by 0.50. Ramifications for China’s one-child policy are discussed.
Lunch will be provided.
An RSVP is not required as this is an open event.