Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/201868
Authors: 
Kamhöfer, Daniel A.
Westphal, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 316
Abstract: 
Using arguably exogenous variation in college expansions we estimate the effects of college education on female fertility. While college education reduces the probability of becoming a mother, college-educated mothers have more children than mothers without a college education. Lower child-income penalties of college-educated mothers of two relative to mothers without college up to nine years after birth suggest a stronger polarization of college graduate jobs into family-friendly and career-oriented as a potential explanation. We conclude that policies aiming at increasing female educational participation should be counteracted by policies enabling especially college graduates to have both a career and a family.
Subjects: 
family planning
college education
augmented quantity-quality model
JEL: 
C36
I21
J13
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-315-5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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