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Tao Li
 
''Spousal Age Gap and Fertility Preferences within a Family''
( 2016, Vol. 36 No.2 )
 
 
This paper studies the gender-specific fertility preferences within a family when i) children are investment goods and ii) there exists a sizable spousal age gap. Old husbands tend to demand less children because relatively young wives are substitutes of children for old-age support. On the other hand, young wives, expecting a significant period of widowhood, tend to demand more children. This gender conflict of interest is intensified when only working husbands may receive pensions.
 
 
Keywords: spousal age gap, old-age support, fertility
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
 
Manuscript Received : Feb 29 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 11 2016

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