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Kearney work cited in CityLab article

Writing for CityLab, Richard Florida comments on a social media firestorm around a story that linked home prices in expensive cities to fertility declines in those cities. "But that’s not actually the way fertility works," he writes. "There is a significant body of demographic literature which contends that it is not higher cost burdens, but actually higher levels of education and income that cause fertility rates to fall. Across the world, as people and cities and nations get richer, the birth rate declines accordingly." Later in the article he cites a 2013 study by Lisa Dettling and Faculty Associate Melissa Kearney:

"Their study found that while a short-term increase of $10,000 in house prices leads to a 2.4 percent decline in births among non-homeowners, it actually leads to a 5 percent increase in fertility rates for homeowners - likely a consequence of the increased “wealth” generated by their homes. Taking the U.S. economy as a whole, Dettling and Kearney estimated that in 2012, an average increase of $10,000 per home would lead to a roughly 1 percent (0.8 percent) increase in fertility," he writes.

See the article in Citylab