Quotation Beaujouan, Eva, Brzozowska, Zuzanna, Zeman, Krystof. 2016. The limited effect of increasing educational attainment on childlessness trends in twentieth-century Europe, women born 1916–65. Population Studies. 70 (3), 275-291.


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During the twentieth century, trends in childlessness varied strongly across European countries while educational attainment grew continuously across them. Using census and large-scale survey data from 13 European countries, we investigated the relationship between these two factors among women born between 1916 and 1965. Up to the 1940 birth cohort, the share of women childless at age 40+ decreased universally. Afterwards, the trends diverged across countries. The results suggest that the overall trends were related mainly to changing rates of childlessness within educational groups and only marginally to changes in the educational composition of the population. Over time, childlessness levels of the medium-educated and high-educated became closer to those of the low-educated, but the difference in level between the two better educated groups remained stable in Western and Southern Europe and increased slightly in the East.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Population Studies
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-C
Language English
Title The limited effect of increasing educational attainment on childlessness trends in twentieth-century Europe, women born 1916–65
Volume 70
Number 3
Year 2016
Page from 275
Page to 291
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00324728.2016.1206210
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324728.2016.1206210
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00324728.2016.1206210

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Beaujouan, Eva (Former researcher)
Brzozowska, Zuzanna (Former researcher)
Zeman, Krystof (Former researcher)
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Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
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