ERIC Number: ED113252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-9
Reference Count: 0
Educational Input and Fertility Response. Final Report.
Gregory, Paul R.
This report summarizes the most important findings in a study designed to investigate the linkages between education and fertility in the United States. The data base for this investigation is the National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of women aged 30 through 44 by the Bureau of Census. The basic hypothesis is that education will affect fertility and that fertility and marriage decisions will affect educational choice. Results indicate that a woman marrying and having her first child at age 16 will complete 3.5 fewer years education than a woman who never marries. Educational choice is significantly affected by the individual's socioeconomic status--as reflected in parents' education and occupation--and by attitudes towards housework and child care activities. The total cost of children, both explicit and implicit, varies not only with family size, but also with the timing of family formation. It is apparent that if child births are delayed until the mother has completed her formal education, then the foregone education costs of fertility will be minimal. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A