, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 29-51

An econometric and neoclassical analysis of the timing and spacing of births in Canada from 1950 to 1990

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This paper estimates a reduced form neoclassical model of Canadian fertility dynamics using an econometric technique that integrates several features not usually found in the demographic and economic literature. We find considerable support for the neoclassical model. We also find that correlated unobservables and parity stopping effects play an important role in Canadian fertility dynamics as well as other socio-demographic features of Canadian women. However, we fail to totally characterize the important drops in the fertility rate that took place for this era.

Received: 2 May 1996 / Accepted: 27 March 1997