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Who Delays Childbearing? The Associations Between Time to First Birth, Personality Traits and Education

Lara Tavares ()

European Journal of Population, 2016, vol. 32, issue 4, No 4, 575-597

Abstract: Abstract Using data from a large-scale survey, the British Household Panel Survey, this paper assesses the influence of personality traits on the timing of first childbirth and investigates whether, and in what way, personality traits explain the differences in maternity timing across educational groups. We estimate a log-logistic model of the time to first childbirth and show that there is a statistically significant relationship between the Big Five personality traits and the timing of motherhood. The results also show that highly qualified women who are ‘open-minded’ have the lowest hazards of childbirth, lower than similar less educated counterparts.

Keywords: Reproductive behaviour; Fertility determinants; Delayed childbearing; Personality; Big Five; Educational status (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s10680-016-9393-1

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