Recently, a study published 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 research manager and author of the study, Hanna Virtanen, stated that the results differ significantly from what was previously assumed and that there is no clear explanation for this discrepancy.
In the past, it was believed that education made it difficult for women to start a family but helped men find a relationship. Today, both highly educated women and men have a spouse and children more frequently than those with secondary education, who in turn have a family more often than those with only primary school education. However, there is still very little research on the cause and effect relationships in this area.
The study looked at the effect of education level by comparing the register data of individuals born between 1979-1985 who pursued secondary education or university of applied sciences. Those who barely exceeded or barely fell below the admission limits were included in the study. The assumption was that the groups of those who got in and those who stayed out near the entry border have quite similar characteristics. For men, the effect of education on income was significant, but it didn’t affect their likelihood of having children.
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 thinks that education increases the number of women’s children because the jobs of educated people are more flexible according to