The Relation between Mother's Socio-Economic Status and Daughter's Fertility Intentions in Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and Norway

Maria Rita Testa, Valeria Bordone, Beata Osiewalska, Vegard Skirbekk

    Publikation: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


    Unlike actual fertility, fertility intentions are often found to be positively correlated witheducation. The literature explaining this paradox is scarce. We aim to fill the gap by searching for the main factors that compel highly educated women to still plan large family size. We hypothesize that this could result from the socioeconomic context surrounding the upbringing of those educated women. Using the first wave of the Generations and GenderSurveys for four countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, and Norway), we analyse therelationship between mother’s socio-economic status and daughter’s fertility intentions,controlling for daughter’s socio-economic status and sib-ship size. We found that the effect of family of origin is exerted mainly through the sib-ship size among childlessdaughters: Daughters with more siblings intend to have more children. After the transition to parenthood, the effect of family of origin is exerted mainly through the mother’s level of education: Daughters with high-educated mothers intend to have more children. This resultsuggests that the positive link between reproductive intentions and level of educationmight not merely be an artefact generated by the design of cross-sectional surveys but the outcome of a better socio-economic status that allows forming more positive reproductive plans.
    Herausgeber ÖAW – Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016


    ReiheVienna Institute of Demography Working Papers

    Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

    • 504006 Demographie
    • 504004 Bevölkerungsstatistik