Fertility-reducing dynamics of women's social status and educational attainment

Skirbekk V & KC S (2012). Fertility-reducing dynamics of women's social status and educational attainment. Asian Population Studies 8 (3): 251-264. DOI:10.1080/17441730.2012.714667.

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Abstract

Education, unlike most other determinants of social status, causes a significant delay in fertility timing and depresses fertility outcomes. It also operates as a self-reinforcing status-seeking spiral mechanism, with important consequences for aggregate fertility over time. Later-born cohorts of women, in order to maintain a given position in the education distribution compared to their same-age peers must attain increasingly higher levels of education. This implies that the process of status-seeking is having increasingly strong effects in terms of reducing global fertility levels. This can be particularly important for Asian nations where schooling levels have risen rapidly in recent decades and here has been an increase in the ages at childbearing and a depression of fertility outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fertility; Education; Status-seeking; Self-reinforcing dynamics
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Asian Population Studies; 8(3):251-264 (November 2012) (Published online 10 August 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 12:04
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9915

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