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Education and permanent childlessness: Austria vs. Sweden; a research note

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  • Gerda R. Neyer

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

  • Jan M. Hoem

    (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany)

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    In this research note we extend our previous study of the association between educational attainment and permanent childlessness in Sweden (Hoem et al., 2006) to cover Austria, and we make comparisons between the two countries. In both investigations we have defined educational attainment in terms of both educational level and educational field. We find largely the same pattern of childlessness by educational field in both countries; in particular at each educational level women educated for teaching jobs or for health occupations typically have lower childlessness than other lines of education. However, for most groups childlessness is higher in Austria, and for academic educations it is much higher. We attribute these differences to institutional differences in the two countries which may bring about a different culture of reproductive behavior.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its series MPIDR Working Papers with number WP-2008-007.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:dem:wpaper:wp-2008-007

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    Keywords: Austria; education; fertility;

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    1. Gerda R. Neyer, 2003. "Family policies and low fertility in Western Europe," MPIDR Working Papers, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany WP-2003-021, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    2. Neyer, Gerda, 2003. "Family Policies and Low Fertility in Western Europe," Discussion Paper, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University 161, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    3. Jan M. Hoem & Alexia Prskawetz & Gerda R. Neyer, 2001. "Autonomy or conservative adjustment? The effect of public policies and educational attainment on third births in Austria," MPIDR Working Papers, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany WP-2001-016, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
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    1. Gunnar Andersson & Marit Rønsen & Lisbeth B. Knudsen & Trude Lappegård & Gerda Neyer & Kari Skrede & Kathrin Teschner & Andres Vikat, 2009. "Cohort Fertility Patterns in the Nordic Countries," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 20(14), pages 313-352, April.

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