Humanitarian Aid, Fertility and Economic Growth
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
© 2010 The London School of Economics and Political Science
Volume 79, Issue 313, pages 27–61, January 2012
How to Cite
NEANIDIS, K. C. (2012), Humanitarian Aid, Fertility and Economic Growth. Economica, 79: 27–61. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2010.00869.x
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
- Final version received 6 May 2010.
This paper examines the effect of humanitarian aid on fertility and economic growth. In an overlapping generations model, where health status in adulthood depends on health in childhood, adult agents allocate their time to work, leisure and childrearing activities. Humanitarian aid influences the probability of survival to adulthood, health in childhood, and the time that adults allocate to childrearing, giving rise to an ambiguous effect on both fertility and growth. An empirical investigation for the period 1973–2007 suggests that humanitarian aid has on average a zero effect on the rates of fertility and of per capita output growth.