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Does welfare reform affect fertility? Evidence from the UK

Brewer, Mike and Ratcliffe, Anita and dSmith, Sarah (2012) Does welfare reform affect fertility? Evidence from the UK. [["eprint_typename_scholarly-edition" not defined]]


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This paper provides evidence on the effect of welfare reform on fertility, focusing on UK reforms in 1999 that increased per-child spending by 50% in real terms. We use a difference-in-differences approach, exploiting the fact that the reforms were targeted at low-income households. The reforms were likely to differentially affect the fertility of women in couples and single women because of the opportunity cost effects of the welfare-to-work element. We find no increase in births among single women, but evidence to support an increase in births (by around 15%) among coupled women. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Welfare reform; Fertility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 13:33
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 13:06

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