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The demand for children in Arab countries: Evidence from panel and count data models

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This paper provides empirical evidence on fertility determinants in Arab countries. Adopting a macro and micro framework and exploiting panel and count data models the paper estimates the impact of cultural and economic factors on the demand for children. The results obtained strongly support the hypothesis that cross-country heterogeneity buttresses differentiated fertility and that female education mitigates high fertility. Child mortality and parent‘s preferences for sons positively affect fertility. By and large, demand for children is price and income inelastic.

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Received: 30 May 1995 /Accepted: 19 February 1998

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Al-Qudsi, S. The demand for children in Arab countries: Evidence from panel and count data models. J Popul Econ 11, 435–452 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001480050078

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  • Key words: Fertility
  • panel data
  • negative binomial
  • pro-natal policies
  • JEL classification: J13
  • C25
  • C33