Quotation Testa, Maria Rita, Bordone, Valeria, Osiewalska, Beata, Skirbekk, Vegard. 2016. The Relation between Mother's Socio-Economic Status and Daughter's Fertility Intentions in Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and Norway. Vienna Institute of Demography Working Papers.


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Unlike actual fertility, fertility intentions are often found to be positively correlated witheducation. The literature explaining this paradox is scarce. We aim to fill the gap by searching for the main factors that compel highly educated women to still plan large family size. We hypothesize that this could result from the socioeconomic context surrounding the upbringing of those educated women. Using the first wave of the Generations and GenderSurveys for four countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, and Norway), we analyse therelationship between mother’s socio-economic status and daughter’s fertility intentions,controlling for daughter’s socio-economic status and sib-ship size. We found that the effect of family of origin is exerted mainly through the sib-ship size among childlessdaughters: Daughters with more siblings intend to have more children. After the transition to parenthood, the effect of family of origin is exerted mainly through the mother’s level of education: Daughters with high-educated mothers intend to have more children. This resultsuggests that the positive link between reproductive intentions and level of educationmight not merely be an artefact generated by the design of cross-sectional surveys but the outcome of a better socio-economic status that allows forming more positive reproductive plans.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title The Relation between Mother's Socio-Economic Status and Daughter's Fertility Intentions in Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and Norway
Title of whole publication Vienna Institute of Demography Working Papers
Year 2016
URL http://www.oeaw.ac.at/fileadmin/subsites/Institute/VID/PDF/Publications/Working_Papers/WP2016_01.pdf

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Reproductive Decision-Making and Human Capital
People
Testa, Maria Rita (Details)
External
Bordone, Valeria (Centre for Research on Ageing and ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
Osiewalska, Beata (Cracow University of Economics, Department of Demography, Poland)
Skirbekk, Vegard (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Olso and Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University, New York, United States/USA)
Organization
Demography Group AB (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5703 Demography (Details)
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