Volume 22 - Article 4 | Pages 95-114

The negative educational gradients in Romanian fertility

By Cornelia Muresan, Jan M. Hoem

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Date received:22 Jul 2009
Date published:19 Jan 2010
Word count:4843
Keywords:educational attainment, fertility, relative risks, Romania, unobserved heterogeneity
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2010.22.4
 

Abstract

In Western countries, rates of second and third births typically increase with educational attainment, a feature that usually disappears if unobserved heterogeneity is brought into the event-history analysis. By contrast, in a country like Romania, second and third birth rates have been found to decline when moving across groups with increasing education, and the decline becomes greater if unobserved heterogeneity is added to the analysis. The present paper demonstrates this pattern, and shows that, because this feature is retained in the presence of control variables, such as age at first birth and period effects, the selectivity is not produced by a failure to account for the control variables.

Author's Affiliation

Cornelia Muresan - Babes-Bolyai University, Romania [Email]
Jan M. Hoem - Stockholm University, Sweden [Email]

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