Childlessness Among Highly Educated Men in Sweden
Margarita Chudnovskaya, Stockholm University
In this study, I examine how field of study, sex ratio in college, and post-graduation income are related to the likelihood of childlessness among highly educated men over thirty birth cohorts (1945-1974). I find that men with technical-oriented education, and men with lower incomes, are more likely to remain childless and this pattern is consistent across cohorts. A negative association between birth cohort and childlessness emerges in a multivariate logistic model when differences in study experiences, income, and background variables are taken into account. These findings suggest that compositional changes within the highly educated group are an explanation for the persistently high levels of childlessness among highly educated men.
Presented in Session 98: Childlessness