Newly published research from the Institute for Economic Research sheds light on the correlation between education and family formation. The study found that while highly educated women are more likely to have a spouse and children compared to those with secondary education or lower, this is not the case for men.
Despite having higher income levels, men with advanced degrees did not have a significant impact on their likelihood of having children. On the other hand, educated women were found to have more flexible jobs that better accommodate family needs, which may contribute to their higher likelihood of having children. Additionally, educated women may be perceived as more desirable reproductive partners due to their advanced skills and abilities.
The study emphasizes that its findings should not be generalized to all educated and uneducated people. However, its relevance to the general population highlights the need for decision-makers to consider making education more accessible in order to increase the birth rate. The research was part of the Lifecon project funded by the Strategic Research Council, which aims to provide information on demographic change causes, consequences and solutions for decision makers.