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Trends in Childlessness Among Highly Educated Men in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: European Journal of Population, ISSN 0168-6577, E-ISSN 1572-9885, Vol. 35, no 5, p. 939-958Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Among men with post-secondary degrees in Sweden, one in four are childless by age 45, and this level has been constant over time (in this study, for men born 1956-1972). This high level of childlessness is somewhat surprising in the context of a significant gender imbalance among the highly educated (and thus the relative scarcity of highly educated men). In this study, I examine differences in childlessness among the highly educated by studying how educational prestige, social class, and income are associated with the likelihood of becoming a father. Higher income and social class background are positively associated with fatherhood, and this association has not changed over time. Educational prestige (higher degrees, or degrees from traditional universities) is not positively associated with fatherhood, while 2-year degrees have become more positively associated with fatherhood over time. The findings of this study suggest that socioeconomic resources are important for men's family formation in Sweden compared to educational resources, contrary to expectations from educational homophily and partner market perspectives.

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2019. Vol. 35, no 5, p. 939-958
Keywords [en]
Education, Fatherhood, Family formation, Childlessness
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177630DOI: 10.1007/s10680-018-9511-3ISI: 000499662600004PubMedID: 31832031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177630DiVA, id: diva2:1384609
Available from: 2020-01-10 Created: 2020-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-10Bibliographically approved

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