Why are fertility and participation rates so low in Italy (and Southern Europe)?

Del Boca, Daniela

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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Italian Academy
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
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March 31, 2011