Essays in Labor and Development Economics

Essays in Labor and Development Economics

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Chapter 3: q(Why) Do Self-Employed Parents Have More Children? We provide an examination of the hypothesis that non-benevolent, self-employed households increase their expected family size to raise the likelihood that an inside family member will be a good match at running the business. Using data from the General Social Survey, we find that respondents have approximately .2 to .4 more actual and expected number of children if they are self-employed as compared to if they are not self-employed. As well, strong supporting evidence is also provided using U.S. Census data that also demonstrates both a preference for more children, and in some cases sons, by the self employed.While the above model provides the important prediction that individuals who are self-employed will want to have more children than they would if they were not self- employed, it did so by assuming non-benevolence to their children.

Title:Essays in Labor and Development Economics
Author:Nzinga H. Broussard
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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