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Time cost, relative income and fertility in Canada


A regression model which combines both the time cost and relative income hypotheses is estimated using Canadian data. The results indicate that the influence of relative income is greater on completed fertility and the effect of time cost is greater on timing of births. Some policy implications are derived.

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I would like to thank Michael Rohatynsky for helping me in collecting data, John Ermisch and three anonymous referees for their insightful and constructive comments.

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Abeysinghe, T. Time cost, relative income and fertility in Canada. J Popul Econ 6, 189–198 (1993).

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  • Regression Model
  • Policy Implication
  • Time Cost
  • Relative Income
  • Canadian Data