Econometrica: Jul 1977, Volume 45, Issue 5

Fertility, Schooling, and the Economic Contribution of Children of Rural India: An Econometric Analysis<1065:FSATEC>2.0.CO;2-Z
p. 1065-1079

Mark R. Rosenzweig, Robert Evenson

A household time-allocative model which explicitly takes into account the economic contribution of children in agricultural areas of less-developed countries is applied to direct-level data pertaining to the rural population of India. Joint family decisions concerning fertility and the allocation of male and female child time to schooling and work activities are examined empirically in a simultaneous equations system. The properties of the formal model are used to derive inferences from the parameter estimates with respect to the shadow price configuration influencing these joint decisions.

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