Care and Career - Educational Enrolment and Couples' Childbearing Behaviour in Sweden
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This study deals with the interrelationship between the gendered division of labour, education, earnings and childbearing. Using couple data for Swedish parents, it is explored whether the father’s and the mother’s student status and earnings are associated in different ways with a couple’s propensities to have a second or a third child, and whether couples’ childbearing propensities, with reference to student status and earnings, have changed in recent decades. The results show that couples in which neither of the parents, or only the father, is a student, have the highest second and third birth risks, regardless of income. Couples in which the mother is a student have the lowest propensity to have another child. The pattern is stable over time. The strong negative effect of mothers’ enrolment on childbearing propensities is likely related to mothers still using the largest part of the parental leave days. As the Swedish parental leave insurance is based on previous earnings, it is relatively more important for women than for men to attain a decent income before having a child.
childbearing, earnings, gender, study enrolment, Sweden
Research subject Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94160OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-94160DiVA: diva2:652234