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Female Education and the Second Child: Great Britain and Western Germany Compared

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  • Michaela Kreyenfeld
  • Cordula Zabel

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This paper compares the determinants of the transition to the second child in western Germany and Great Britain, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). We test a number of explanations for the positive effect of educational attainment on second birth risks; this effect has been reported for both countries. Owing to differences in the welfare state context, we expect that the factors responsible for the positive education effect differ between the two countries. Our findings, however, provide only partial support for this expectation.

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  • Michaela Kreyenfeld & Cordula Zabel, 2005. "Female Education and the Second Child: Great Britain and Western Germany Compared," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 125(1), pages 145-156.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v125_y2005_i1_q1_p145-156
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    Cited by:

    1. Cornelia Muresan & Jan M. Hoem, 2010. "The negative educational gradients in Romanian fertility," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 22(4), pages 95-114, January.
    2. Didier Breton & France Prioux, 2009. "The one-child family," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 20(27), pages 657-692, June.

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    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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