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2019-12-17Diskussionspapier DOI: 10.18452/20871
Bismarck to no effect: Fertility decline and the introduction of social insurance in Prussia
dc.contributor.authorGuinnane, Timothy W.
dc.contributor.authorStreb, Jochen
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-17T09:38:27Z
dc.date.available2019-12-17T09:38:27Z
dc.date.issued2019-12-17none
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/21703
dc.description.abstractEconomists have long argued that introducing social insurance will reduce fertility. The hypothesis relies on standard models: if children are desirable in part because they provide security in case of disability or old age, then state programs that provide insurance against these events should induce couples to substitute away from children in the allocation of wealth. We test this claim using the introduction of social insurance in Germany in the 1880s and 1890s. Bismarck’s social-insurance system provided health insurance, workplace-accident insurance, and old age pensions to a majority of the working population. The German case appeals because the social insurance program started on a large scale and was compulsory for covered classes of workers, and because fertility in Germany in this period was still relatively high. Focusing on the state of Prussia, we estimate differences-in-differences models that ask whether marriage and marital fertility reacted to the introduction or extension of the main social insurance programs. For Prussia as a whole we find little impact.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectfertility transitioneng
dc.subjectmarriage patterneng
dc.subjectold-age pensioneng
dc.subjecthealth insuranceeng
dc.subjectaccident insuranceeng
dc.subject.ddc330 Wirtschaftnone
dc.titleBismarck to no effect: Fertility decline and the introduction of social insurance in Prussianone
dc.typeworkingPaper
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/21703-2
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/20871
local.edoc.container-titleWorking Papers of the Priority Programme 1859 – Experience and Expectation. Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviournone
local.edoc.container-creatorAlexander Nützenadel, Jochen Strebnone
local.edoc.pages36none
local.edoc.type-nameDiskussionspapier
local.edoc.institutionPhilosophische Fakultätnone
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local.edoc.container-type-nameSchriftenreihe
local.edoc.container-volume13none
local.edoc.container-erstkatid2916406-0

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