The Effects of Family Benefits on Childbearing Decisions: A Household Optimising Approach Applied to Australia

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Title The Effects of Family Benefits on Childbearing Decisions: A Household Optimising Approach Applied to Australia
Author Guest, Ross; Parr, Nick
Journal Name Economic Record
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract This article analyses the effect of family benefits on childbearing decisions using an intertemporal utility maximising framework. The childbirth decisions of households are planned jointly with decisions about lifecycle consumption. The model is calibrated using data for Australia drawn, where possible, from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Wave 7 survey. The simulations show that changes in family benefits are likely to have both timing and quantum effects on childbirth but of a small magnitude, which tends to support findings using alternative empirical approaches. The simulations also indicate the effects of indirect family benefits, such as paid maternity leave and policies to reduce the time that mothers spend out of the labour force following child birth.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2010.00663.x
Volume 86
Issue Number 275
Page from 609
Page to 619
ISSN 0013-0249
Date Accessioned 2011-01-18
Date Available 2011-03-01T08:30:50Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Economics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36696
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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