Economic Models of Women’s Employment and Fertility

  • John F. Ermisch
Conference paper
Part of the Population Economics book series (POPULATION)


Economists take preferences as given, and are concerned with how changes in the constraints that people face, or limits to their choice, alter their behaviour. Indeed, by observing how behaviour changes with elements of these constraints (e. g. prices), they attempt to make inferences about preferences. This viewpoint is maintained in the discussion that follows. In empirical applications, variation in preferences only appears as unobserved random variables. The discussion of models is limited to those which consider both fertility and employment decisions.


Child Care Labour Supply Reservation Wage Child Quality Complete Family Size 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Ermisch
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  1. 1.National Institute of Economic and Social ResearchLondonEngland

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