Quotation Beaujouan, Eva, Sobotka, Tomas. 2019. Late childbearing continues to increase in developed countries. Population & Sociétés. 562




Broad societal and cultural changes since the 1970s have provided incentives for young people to postpone parenthood. The greater access to and longer pursuit of higher education, the greater involvement of women in the labour market, and changes in family behaviour have contributed to a long-term increase in age at parenthood. The spread of effective contraception and wider access to abortion have also played a part, helping women and couples better plan the timing of births. Using data from the Human Fertility Database, we document a rise in fertility rates among women aged 40 and older in low-fertility countries of Europe, East Asia, North America, and Australia.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Population & Sociétés
Language English
Title Late childbearing continues to increase in developed countries
Volume 562
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.ined.fr/en/publications/population-and-societies/late-childbearing-continues-increase-developed-countries/
DOI n.a.
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.ined.fr/en/publications/population-and-societies/late-childbearing-continues-increase-developed-countries/
JEL ISSN 0184 77 83


Beaujouan, Eva (Former researcher)
Sobotka, Tomas (Vienna Institute of Demography (OEAW), Austria)
Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
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