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Judith C. Koops, Aart C. Liefbroer, Anne H. Gauthier
The Influence of Parental Educational Attainment on the Partnership Context at First Birth in 16 Western Societies
European Journal of Population, 2017
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This paper examines the association between parental educational attainment with the partnership context at first birth in European and North American countries by differentiating births within marriage, within cohabitation, or while single. Change over cohorts in the association between parental education and partnership context at childbirth, as well as changes in its influence when individual education attainment is controlled for, were further studied. Data from the Generations and Gender Programme, American National Survey of Family Growth, Canadian General Social Survey, and Dutch Survey on Family Formation was used. The results show that in North American and East European countries, but not in West European countries, lower parental education increases the risk of having a birth within cohabitation. Moreover, in North American countries and half of the West and East European countries, lower parental education increases the risk of having a birth while being single. The association of parental education with the partnership context at birth tends to change over cohorts, although no clear pattern could be observed between countries. The study suggests that the intergenerational transmission of education is an important mechanism in explaining the influence of parental education, although other mechanisms also appear to be at work.

Reference


@article{Koops2017a,
  author = {Judith C. Koops, Aart C. Liefbroer, Anne H. Gauthier},
  title = {The Influence of Parental Educational Attainment on the Partnership Context at First Birth in 16 Western Societies},
  year = {2017},
  journal = {European Journal of Population},
  url = { http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10680-017-9421-9 },
  timestamp = {14.08.2017},
  abstract = {This paper examines the association between parental educational attainment with the partnership context at first birth in European and North American countries by differentiating births within marriage, within cohabitation, or while single. Change over cohorts in the association between parental education and partnership context at childbirth, as well as changes in its influence when individual education attainment is controlled for, were further studied. Data from the Generations and Gender Programme, American National Survey of Family Growth, Canadian General Social Survey, and Dutch Survey on Family Formation was used. The results show that in North American and East European countries, but not in West European countries, lower parental education increases the risk of having a birth within cohabitation. Moreover, in North American countries and half of the West and East European countries, lower parental education increases the risk of having a birth while being single. The association of parental education with the partnership context at birth tends to change over cohorts, although no clear pattern could be observed between countries. The study suggests that the intergenerational transmission of education is an important mechanism in explaining the influence of parental education, although other mechanisms also appear to be at work. }
}

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