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Education and the Changing Age Pattern of American Fertility: 1963-1989

Ronald R. Rindfuss, S. Philip Morgan and Kate Offutt
Demography
Vol. 33, No. 3 (Aug., 1996), pp. 277-290
Published by: Springer on behalf of the Population Association of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2061761
Page Count: 14
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Education and the Changing Age Pattern of American Fertility: 1963-1989
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Abstract

Using pooled data from the 1980, 1985, and 1990 Current Population Surveys, we describe fertility trends by age and education for the period 1963-1989. Interest focuses on whether the effects of education have changed across this period. We show that women with college degrees experienced dramatic shifts toward later ages of childbearing. This shift is consistent with arguments we develop about the increased opportunity for women to pursue careers and about changes in the availability of child care.

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