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Opting for families: recent trends in the fertility of highly educated women

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  • Qingyan Shang
  • Bruce Weinberg

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    After declining for many years, there are indications that fertility may be increasing among highly educated women. This paper provides a comprehensive study of recent trends in the fertility of college-graduate women. In contrast to most existing work, we find that college graduate women are indeed opting for families. Data from the Current Population Surveys and Vital Statistics Birth Data both show that fertility increases among college graduate women, especially at older ages since the mid- to late 1990s. There are also increases in fertility among less-educated women, but these are concentrated at younger ages. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 5-32

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:26:y:2013:i:1:p:5-32

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    Keywords: Opting out; Fertility; High-skilled women; J13; J16;

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    1. Joni Hersch, 2013. "Opting out among women with elite education," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 469-506, December.

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