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The effect of family size on children’s literacy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the causal link between the number of children in a family and human capital. The main theory used here is quantity-quality trade-off which was pioneered by Becker (1960). A key element of the model is the interaction of the quantity and quality in the household’s budget constraint that results in rising marginal costs of quality with respect to the number of children in the family. Because a household’s budget is limited, increasing the number of children will lower the share of family resources and time provided by their parents per child- generating a trade-off between the quality and the quantity of children. As a result, the expected educational attainment in terms of years of schooling in larger families will be lower compared to children in smaller families. The results of this study are in line with this theory even when we choose different exogenous variables or even when we cohort for different ages.

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Family size, Human Capital, Instrumental variables and quantity quality theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219340DiVA: diva2:699288
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-27 Last updated: 2014-02-27Bibliographically approved

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