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Honors Project - Open Access


Economic models often treat fertility as both constant and exogenous, while neither assumption is true. In this paper, I develop a Real Business Cycle model to analyze the impact of business cycle fluctuations on household fertility decisions. I incorporate a fertility decision into a search-based labor market and conduct a general equilibrium analysis of the effects of business cycles. The simulated results show that households increase their fertility during positive economic times, and reduce fertility as unemployment rises.

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