Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93359
Authors: 
Humlum, Maria Knoth
Kristoffersen, Jannie H. G.
Vejlin, Rune Majlund
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7905
Abstract: 
The level of progression of an individual's educational or labor market career is a potentially important factor for family formation decisions. We address this issue by considering the effects of a particular college admission system on family formation. We show that the admission system affects mainly the timing of college enrollment and not the college-going decision. As such, we consider a specific type of career interruption and its consequences for relationship formation and fertility decisions. Specifically, we employ a regression discontinuity design based on the college admission system to estimate the effect of being above the admission requirement in the year of application on later family formation decisions. We find that the admission system has substantial effects on the timing of family formation and, specifically, that the timing of college enrollment is an important determinant hereof. This suggests that career interruptions such as delays in the educational system can have large effects on family decision-making.
Subjects: 
fertility
education policy
career interruptions
delayed college enrollment
regression discontinuity
JEL: 
I2
J12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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