讲座：Agglomeration, Sorting and Fertility
题 目： Agglomeration, Sorting and Fertility
演讲人： Jian Wang, Assistant Professor, SHU-UTS SILC Business School, Shanghai University
主持人： 谢维思 助理教授 上海交通大学安泰经济与管理学院经济系
时 间：2018年 12 月 26 日（周三） 14:30-16:00
地 点：上海交通大学 徐汇校区安泰楼（包兆龙图书馆）A305
It is widely recognized that total fertility rates (TFR) continuously slides down and varies across space over the past several decades. Based on the motivated evidence, this paper proposes a spatial economics model comprising a set of two asymmetrical regions to investigate the links between economic agglomeration and fertility behavior. Additionally, individual with heterogeneous preferences of fertility are incorporated to debunk the decline in TFR as sorting effects. The rigorous general equilibrium analysis conducted here shows that agglomeration effects together with sorting effects form a mechanism endogenously lead to the variation of TFR. We show that the share of economic activities in the larger region evolves in an inverted U-pattern when transport costs decline, whereas TFR in the larger region endogenously shows a U-shape during regional integration.
Jian Wang is an associate professor in SHU-UTS SILC business school at Shanghai University. His research lies at the intersection of spatial economic and environmental studies. Wang is also a Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), and Tohoku University. He has published articles on interdisciplinary journals: Annals of Regional Science, Energy Policy, Energy Efficiency, Review of Urban and regional development studies.