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Education and completed fertility in Norway

Ghazala Naz (), Øivind Nilsen () and Steinar Vagstad ()
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Ghazala Naz: University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Postal: Hermann Fossgt. 6, N-5007 Bergen, Norway

No 18/02, Working Papers in Economics from University of Bergen, Department of Economics

Abstract: Using Norwegian data we find that married women’s education is positively associated with completed fertility, but this relationship becomes insignificant after controlling for husbands’ characteristics. Husbands’ education has a positive effect on women’s fertility. These findings suggest that the effect of education on married women’s fertility goes through assortative mating. For unmarried women, in contrast, we find that the relationship between education and fertility is negative. This latter result is consistent with a hypothesis suggesting that unmarried women suffer a more detrimental impact of motherhood on their careers than do married women..

Keywords: Fertility; Education; Spouse Characteristics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I38 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2002-09-24
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