More than an Urban Legend: the Short- and Long-run Effects of Unplanned Fertility Shocks

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  • Journal of Population Economics


  • This paper examines the short- and long-run effects of a quasi-exogenous variation in fertility behavior due to a yearlong period of power rationing in Colombia in 1992. We show that power shortages caused a mini baby boom and that the increase in fertility was unplanned and persistent: the time in between births was reduced and overall lifetime fertility increased. We also present evidence suggesting that women who had a baby due to the outage found themselves in worse socioeconomic conditions 12 years later. © 2018, The Author(s).

fecha de publicación

  • 2018

Líneas de investigación

  • Fertility
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Experiment
  • Unplanned Parenthood

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