EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Gender composition of college graduates by field of study and early fertility

Alena Bičáková and Stepan Jurajda

Review of Economics of the Household, 2017, vol. 15, issue 4, 1323-1343

Abstract: Abstract The gender composition of peer groups has been shown to affect marriage market outcomes, but there is no evidence on whether the share of women on college graduates across fields of study affects graduates’ fertility, even though the college field-of-study peer group is a natural source of potential mating partners. We use variation in gender shares by fields of study implied by the recent expansion of college education in 19 European countries, and a difference-in-differences research design, to show that the share of women in study peer groups does not drive early fertility. When there are few available potential partners in one’s field of study, endogamous fertility by college graduates from the same field of study is lower, as expected, but non-endogamous fertility compensates for this effect for both genders. This compensation, however, comes at the cost of increasing the probability of parenting with a less-than-college educated spouse.

Keywords: Field-of-study gender segregation; College graduates; Fertility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J13 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11150-015-9309-6 Abstract (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:kap:reveho:v:15:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s11150-015-9309-6

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... cs/journal/11150/PS2

Access Statistics for this article

Review of Economics of the Household is currently edited by Shoshana Grossbard

More articles in Review of Economics of the Household from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-30
Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:15:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s11150-015-9309-6