Quotation Barakat, Bilal and Durham, Rachel Elise. 2013. Drop-out mayors and graduate farmers: Educational fertility differentials by occupational status and industry in six European countries. Demographic Research 28 (42): S. 1213-1262.




Background: Understanding the relationship of education to fertility requires the disentangling of the potentially confounding effect of social status, which is highly correlated with education. Objective: We contribute to this aim by examining educational fertility differentials within occupational groups and industries across a broad swath of Central and Eastern Europe, specifically Austria, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Methods: Cross-sectional individual-level census samples from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) are sufficiently large to contain sizeable numbers of unusual combinations, e.g., university graduates in low-status jobs or primary school dropouts in professional categories. Completed cohort fertility, as well as the share childless and with high parity, are regressed on effects for educational attainment, occupation, industry, and all their interactions within a Bayesian framework, and the contributions to the outcome variation are analysed. Results: Education has a strong, consistent association with fertility outcomes when industry and occupation are held constant. Furthermore, fertility by industry and occupation yields fairly disparate patterns. We also find that differences in completed fertility across countries can be attributed to country-specific compositional differences in education, industry, and occupation, and to interaction effects. However, differences by country in the baseline rate of childlessness and high parity cannot be attributed to such compositional effects. Conclusions: The educational fertility gradient in the settings studied cannot be attributed to an occupational composition effect.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Demographic Research
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Drop-out mayors and graduate farmers: Educational fertility differentials by occupational status and industry in six European countries
Volume 28
Number 42
Year 2013
Page from 1213
Page to 1262
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol28/42/
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2013.28.42


Barakat, Bilal (Former researcher)
Durham, Rachel Elise (Former researcher)
Department of Economics (Berger) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1162 Statistics (Details)
1809 Social geography (Details)
1813 Population geography (Details)
5300 Economics (Details)
5403 Educational sociology (Details)
5404 Demography (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5703 Demography (Details)
5704 Social statistics (Details)
5804 Educational economy (Details)
5805 Educational planning (Details)
5806 Educational sociology (Details)
5906 Educational economy (Details)
5962 Development cooperation (Details)
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