June 2018 The research seminar is held every Wednesday, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m., in room LG 0.423.
Exceptions: On 05/16/2018, 06/13/2018 and 07/11/2018 the event is held in room 4.154!
Here you can download the Programm SS 18_neu_June

Room LG 4.154

Bettina Siflinger, Tilburg University
“Unbalanced sex ratios in Germany caused by World War II and their effect on fertility: A life cycle perspective”



This paper analyses long-term effects of highly unbalanced sex ratios in Germany caused by World War II on fertility outcomes over the life cycle. By using Census data linked with individual biography data, we find that a permanent reduction in the number of men delayed women’s first birth. However, the effects crucially depend on at what age fertility of women is evaluated. While women with low sex ratios have fewer children at younger ages, they compensate at later ages. We also find substitution from the extensive towards the intensive margin. Mechanisms are marrying later, accepting lower quality matches and expanding the child-bearing period.