More Schooling, More Children: Compulsory Schooling Reforms and Fertility in Europe

Margherita Fort, Nicole Schneeweis & Rudolf Winter-Ebmer
We study the relationship between education and fertility, exploiting compulsory schooling reforms in England and Continental Europe, implemented between 1936 and 1975. We assess the causal effect of education on the number of biological children and the incidence of childlessness. We find surprising results for Continental Europe: the additional education generated by compulsory schooling expansions led to an increase in the number of biological children per woman and a decrease in childlessness. The results for...
This data center is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our Documentation.