Quotation Testa, Maria Rita. 2014. On the positive correlation between education and fertility intentions in Europe: individual- and country-level evidence. Advances in Life Course Research 21 S. 28-42.


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Increasing shares of European women are making large investments in their human capital. Whether and to what extent these investments are in conflict with reproductive behaviour are issues that have repercussions for fertility levels. Using two Eurobarometer survey data (2006 and 2011) on individuals clustered in the 27 EU countries, I investigate the relationship between women's education and lifetime fertility intentions. Results suggest that a positive association between women's level of education and lifetime fertility intentions exists at both the individual and country levels, as well as in a micro–macro integrated framework. The main explanation for these findings—which remains to be proven by future research—is that, in institutional contexts allowing highly educated women to have large families, women of reproductive ages are more prone to make investments in both human capital and family size, because these choices are not seen as incompatible alternatives.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Advances in Life Course Research
Language English
Title On the positive correlation between education and fertility intentions in Europe: individual- and country-level evidence
Volume 21
Year 2014
Page from 28
Page to 42
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2014.01.005

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