Why are fertility and participation rates so low in Italy (and Southern Europe)?
Over the last decades labour market participation of women increased, while fertility
declined in most advanced countries. This pattern is consistent with microeconomic
predictions: economic models of fertility behaviour predict in fact that an increase in
women’s schooling levels and wage rates leads to an increase in their labour supply and to a
reduction in fertility.
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