Education and Postponement of Maternity

Economic Analyses for Industrialized Countries

  • Siv Gustafsson
  • Adriaan Kalwij

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cathal O'Donoghue, Eamon O'Shea
    Pages 87-112
  3. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Jean Kimmel
    Pages 175-206
  4. Ghazala Naz, Øivind Anti Nilsen, Steinar Vagstad
    Pages 285-306
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-326

About this book


One of the most important demographic issues of our time is the increasing age of women at motherhood. This happens in the northern social democratic states Sweden and Norway, in the catholic countries Italy, Spain and Ireland, in the West European countries Netherlands and Germany, in the former socialist transition countries Czech Republic and East Germany, and in the liberal democracy of the United States. The postponement of maternity and the related issue of declining fertility rates are of major interest to policy makers and have provoked much scientific research.

This book examines various economic aspects of the role of women’s education in the postponement of maternity in these ten industrialized countries. The chapters in this book each empirically investigate one of these countries using individual or household survey data and are in particular interested in the increasing age at motherhood with the investment in education of the mother. In search of socio-economic explanations for this relationship each chapter investigates a specific related research question. This results in a book that covers a wide range of topics on the economics of fertility decisions, such as career planning motives of women, consumption smoothing motives of households and the role of institutions.


Declining fertility rates Fertility decline earnings education science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Siv Gustafsson
    • 1
  • Adriaan Kalwij
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

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