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Education and completed fertility in Norway

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  • Naz, Ghazala

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    (University of Bergen, Department of Economics)

  • Nilsen, Øivind Anti

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    (University of Bergen, Department of Economics)

  • Vagstad, Steinar

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    (University of Bergen, Department of Economics)

Abstract

Using Norwegian data we find that married women’s education is positively associated with completed fertility, but this relationship becomes insignificant after controlling for husbands’ characteristics. Husbands’ education has a positive effect on women’s fertility. These findings suggest that the effect of education on married women’s fertility goes through assortative mating. For unmarried women, in contrast, we find that the relationship between education and fertility is negative. This latter result is consistent with a hypothesis suggesting that unmarried women suffer a more detrimental impact of motherhood on their careers than do married women..

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Paper provided by University of Bergen, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 18/02.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 24 Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bergec:2002_018

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Keywords: Fertility; Education; Spouse Characteristics;

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  1. Francisco Covas & J.M.C. Santos Silva, 2000. "A modified hurdle model for completed fertility," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 173-188.
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  1. Simon, Curtis J. & Tamura, Robert, 2009. "Do higher rents discourage fertility? Evidence from U.S. cities, 1940-2000," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 33-42, January.
  2. Siv Gustafsson & Seble Worku, 2005. "Assortative Mating by Education and Postponement of Couple Formation and First Birth in Britain and Sweden," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 91-113, November.

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