A recent study by the Institute for Economic Research Etla has shed light on an unexpected result: women with advanced education are more likely to find a spouse and have children by the age of 37. However, this is not the case for men, whose level of education does not promote family formation.
The study found that access to secondary education increased the number of children for women by 5%, and access to a university of applied sciences by a further 5%, compared to those who were left out. The group believes that education increases the number of women’s children because the jobs of educated people are more flexible according to the needs of the family, making them desirable partners for reproduction. In contrast, men who have reached university postpone having children.
Research manager and author Hanna Virtanen stated that these results differ significantly from what was previously assumed and that there is no clear explanation for this discrepancy. The next phase of the project aims to uncover these explanations while acknowledging that these findings cannot be generalized to all educated and uneducated people. Nonetheless, this study provides valuable insights into the effects of education on family formation.