Culture: An Empirical Investigation of Beliefs, Work, and Fertility. A Verification and Reproduction of Fernández and Fogli (American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2009)

Victor Gay


In this article, I perform a verification and a reproduction of the main results in Fernández and Fogli(2009), which estimates the role of culture in explaining the labor and fertility decisions of secondgeneration immigrant women to the United States in 1970. While I am able to verify Fernández andFogli’s (2009) main results as well as their robustness relative to both labor and fertility decisions,I am unable to reproduce them relative to labor decisions in alternative samples drawn from thesame underlying population.

JEL codes

  • J13: Fertility • Family Planning • Child Care • Children • Youth
  • J16: Economics of Gender • Non-labor Discrimination
  • J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply
  • J24: Human Capital • Skills • Occupational Choice • Labor Productivity
  • Z13: Economic Sociology • Economic Anthropology • Social and Economic Stratification

Published in

Journal of Comments and Replications in Economics, vol. 2, 2023