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Will highly educated women have more children in the future?

Testa, Maria Rita (2017) Will highly educated women have more children in the future? Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 15. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1728-5305

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Abstract

"Will highly educated women have more children in the future?" In this contribution, I address this question by looking at both fertility and fertility intentions; i.e., the number of children people plan to have over their reproductive lives. Intended births are highly correlated with actual births, and in low-fertility settings, childbearing has become associated with the couple's agency. On the other hand, education, which is a marker of income and social status, has remained an important driver of fertility choices. Hence, understanding the reproductive decision-making of women and men with low, medium, and high levels of education is crucial when seeking to determine whether - and if so, to what extent - there is scope for additional policy interventions aimed at raising fertility levels.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Education, fertility, reproductive decision-making
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Sozialpolitik > Demographie > Wittgenstein Centre
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Maria Rita Testa
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 16:32
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 19:28
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/86110/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6314

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