Increasing education levels did not lead to an increase in male offspring.


Increasing education levels did not lead to an increase in male offspring.

A recent study conducted by the Institute for Economic Research and published by Etla found that advanced education increases the likelihood of women finding a spouse and having children by the age of 37. Surprisingly, the study revealed that for men, raising the level of education does not promote family formation. The researchers, including Etla’s research manager Hanna Virtanen, found results that differed from previous assumptions about the relationship between education and family formation.

The study, conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Norwegian School of Economics and Aalto University, investigated the impact of education on children’s income. Historically, it was believed that education made it difficult for women to start a family, but helped men find relationships. However, the study found that today, both highly educated women and men have spouses and children more often than those with secondary education.

The study focused on individuals born between 1979 and 1985 who were seeking secondary education or university of applied sciences. The researchers found that access to higher education increased the number of children for women, but had little effect on men. The reasons for these findings are still unclear, and further research is needed to understand the cause and effect relationships.

One possible explanation for the difference in outcomes for men and women could be that men who pursue higher education tend to postpone having children, leading to difficulties finding a suitable partner or fertility issues when they are ready to start a family. The researchers note that the results of this one study may not apply to all educated and uneducated individuals, but are relevant for understanding the impact of education on family formation.

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