Education and the changing age pattern of American fertility: 1963-1989

Demography. 1996 Aug;33(3):277-90.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Birth Rate* / ethnology
  • Educational Status*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Marital Status
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Parity
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • United States / epidemiology