Quotation Testa, Maria Rita. 2017. Will highly educated women have more children in the future? Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 15,




“Will highly educated women have more children in the future?” In this contribution, I address this question by looking at both fertility and fertility intentions; i.e., the number of children people plan to have over their reproductive lives. Intended births are highly correlated with actual births, and in low-fertility settings, childbearing has become associated with the couple’s agency. On the other hand, education, which is a marker of income and social status, has remained an important driver of fertility choices. Hence, understanding the reproductive decision-making of women and men with low, medium, and high levels of education is crucial when seeking to determine whether – and if so, to what extent – there is scope for additional policy interventions aimed at raising fertility levels.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Vienna Yearbook of Population Research
Language English
Title Will highly educated women have more children in the future?
Volume 15
Year 2017
Reviewed? Y
DOI na
Open Access Y


Testa, Maria Rita (Former researcher)
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital SO (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5702 Population statistics (Details)
5703 Demography (Details)
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