Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024
Increasing education levels did not lead to an increase in the number of male children

A recent study by the Institute for Economic Research Etla has revealed an unexpected result: highly educated women are more likely to find a spouse and have children by the age of 37, while men with advanced education do not experience this same promotion of family formation. This contradicts previous assumptions that education makes it difficult for women to start a family but helps men find a relationship. The study looked at the effect of education level by comparing the register data of individuals born between 1979-1985 who pursued secondary education or university of applied sciences. The results showed that access to secondary education increased the number of children for women by 5%, while access to a university of applied sciences further increased their chances of having children by another 5%. However, the effect on men was close to zero. Researcher Hanna Virtanen believes that this phenomenon could be explained by men who have reached university postponing having children, or perhaps due to education being considered a sign of parental ability, especially for women. While these results cannot be generalized to all educated and uneducated people, they provide valuable insights into how advanced education affects family formation.

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