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MoreWork, Less Kids - The Relationship Between Market Experience and Number of Children


  • Westerberg, Thomas

    () (Department of Economics, Umeå University)


The purpose of this study is to analyze if economic and social conditions have any impact on the number of children born by women in Sweden. The results support (not surprisingly) a negative correlation between women’s working experience and number of children. The results do also support the assumption that women with higher education have fewer children than women with lower. However, this holds only when non-completed fertility is analyzed. It is not valid for the group of women with completed fertility.

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  • Westerberg, Thomas, 2006. "MoreWork, Less Kids - The Relationship Between Market Experience and Number of Children," Umeå Economic Studies 682, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0682

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    Completed fertility; Non-completed fertility; Economics; Count data; Sweden;

    JEL classification:

    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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