DP5221 Fertility: The Role of Culture and Family Experience

Author(s): Raquel Fernández, Alessandra Fogli
Publication Date: September 2005
Keyword(s): cultural transmission, family, fertility, immigrants
JEL(s): J13, J16, Z10
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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This paper attempts to disentangle the direct effects of experience from those of culture in determining fertility. We use the GSS to examine the fertility of women born in the US but from different ethnic backgrounds. We take lagged values of the total fertility rate in woman’s country of ancestry as the cultural proxy and use the woman’s number of siblings capture her direct family experience. We find that both variables are significant determinants of fertility, even after controlling for several individual and family-level characteristics.