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First childbearing at higher ages in Sweden and Hungary, from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s: A gender approach
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Below-replacement fertility has been accompanied by a dramatic increase of the mean age at first birth in most European countries in the last decades. While the delay of first birth is usually linked to women’s increasing economic independence, this does not explain why individuals who have not become a parent by their late twenties would do so later on in their lives. Also, our knowledge on whether there is a gendered pattern for the effect of factors influencing late first birth is limited. The purpose of this study is to shed more light on the mechanisms of first childbearing at higher ages from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. We use the method of hazard regression to analyze data extracted from the Swedish and the Hungarian Family and Fertility Surveys of 1992/93. Our results show that, for both women and men in both countries, the transition to parenthood at higher ages is strongly influenced by age, previous partnership experience and current union status. In addition, educational attainment appears to be an important factor for first birth at higher ages for women in both countries, as well as for men in Sweden.

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Demografiska avdelningen, Sociologiska inst., SU , 2008. , 23 p.
, Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, SRRD 2008:3
Keyword [en]
first birth at higher ages, Sweden, Hungary, fertility
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15329OAI: diva2:181849
Available from: 2008-11-27 Created: 2008-11-27Bibliographically approved

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