Volume 17 - Article 8 | Pages 181–210

Education and second birth rates in Denmark 1981-1994

By Mette Gerster, Niels Keiding, Lisbeth B. Knudsen, Katrine Strandberg-Larsen

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Date received:13 Apr 2007
Date published:09 Nov 2007
Word count:7211
Keywords:birth rate, Denmark, education, fertility, partner effect, time-squeeze


A high educational attainment is shown to have a positive effect on second birth rates for Danish one-child mothers during the period 1981-94. We examine whether a time-squeeze is a possible explanation: due to the longer enrolment in the educational system, highly educated women have less time at their disposal in order to get the desired number of children. Also, we examine to what extent the partner's education can explain some of the positive effect. We find no evidence that the positive effect of education is due to either a time-squeeze nor to a partner effect.

Author's Affiliation

Mette Gerster - Syddansk Universitet, Denmark [Email]
Niels Keiding - Københavns Universitet, Denmark [Email]
Lisbeth B. Knudsen - Aalborg University, Denmark [Email]
Katrine Strandberg-Larsen - Syddansk Universitet, Denmark [Email]

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