IdEP Seminar "The Lifecycle Fertility Consequences of the Great Depression and WWII: Evidence from the Netherlands", Esmée Zwiers
This paper explores the effects of the Great Depression and World War II (WWII) on lifecycle fertility. In the Netherlands, an immediate and unprecedented baby boom followed the end of WWII and the baby bust of the 1930s. It is unclear whether the war and depression just shifted the timing of fertility or changed women’s completed fertility. I combine administrative data on births with historical data and show that women experienced the crisis and war at different ages and differentially across locations.