, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 451–468 | Cite as

Family allowances and fertility: Socioeconomic differences

  • Jona Schellekens


This article explores socioeconomic differences in the effect of family allowances on fertility. Although several studies have examined the relationship between cash benefits and fertility, few studies have addressed the possible differential effects of cash benefits on families of different income or education levels. I reconstructed the birth histories of women in the past two Israeli censuses of 1983 and 1995 to study socioeconomic differences in the effect of family allowances up to the seventh parity. The results indicate that family allowances have a significant effect at every parity. Using female education as an indicator of socioeconomic status, I find that socioeconomic status is a significant modifier of the effect of family allowances. Family allowances seem to have a relatively large impact on more-educated women.


Birth Interval Socioeconomic Difference Marital Fertility Family Allowance Coef Cients 
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  • Jona Schellekens
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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