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The Easterlin hypothesis in the recent experience of higher-income OECD countries: A panel-data approach

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The Easterlin hypothesis emphasizes the effect of relative cohort size on fertility. Models based on the Easterlin hypothesis have performed well in explaining time series fertility data, although these results have been for long historical time series and have typically been restricted to single country studies. These models are not adequate to determine if the hypothesis still holds and if the success of the Easterlin hypothesis is an artifact of the time period chosen. We use panel data analysis and temporal causality tests to see of the Easterlin hypothesis holds for higher-income OECD countries. The results support the Easterlin hypothesis.

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Correspondence to Yongil Jeon.

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All correspondence to Yongil Jeon. An earlier version, “The Easterlin hypothesis in OECD countries”, was presented at the annual conference of the European society for population economics, Bilbao, Spain, June 2002. We are grateful to two anonymous referees for their helpful comments. The usual caveat applies. Responsible editor: Junsen Zhang.

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Jeon, Y., Shields, M. The Easterlin hypothesis in the recent experience of higher-income OECD countries: A panel-data approach. J Popul Econ 18, 1–13 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-004-0190-5

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  • Cohort
  • fertility
  • panel