Women's Education and Family Behavior

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Fertility declines starkly as maternal education rises and the educational differences have not changed despite enormous increases in the educational attainment of both white and black women, according to a recent study by National Bureau of Economic Research on how marital and fertility patterns have changed along racial and educational lines.

Other findings include:


  • Marriage and remarriage rates have risen for women with a college degree relative to women with fewer years of education.

  • College educated women marry later, have fewer children, are less likely to view marriage as “financial security”, are happier in their marriages and with their family life.

  • College educated women are not only the least likely to divorce, but have had the biggest decrease in divorce since the 1970s compared to women without a college degree.

Read the whole paper here.

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Sui Zhang