Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Further Examining the Relationship between Educational Attainment and Fertility: Intervening Effects of Early Life Characteristics Public Deposited

  • This paper analyzes the characteristics present in womens’ adolescences and the ways in which these factors serve as precursory mechanisms which influence womens’ propensities to become college educated, as well as their propensities to have children throughout their lifetimes. Using different specifications of linear regression models, this paper considers various categories of control variables to single out how different areas in adolescent life affect the relationship between college education and fertility. Results indicate that early life characteristics moderately explain (approximately 40%) the effect of college education on completed fertility, and a noticeable portion of this explanation is derived from parental education level. The findings within this paper corroborate a negative correlation between completing college and fertility.

Date Awarded
  • 2023-04-11
Academic Affiliation
Committee Member
Granting Institution
Last Modified
  • 2023-04-18
Resource Type
Rights Statement


In Collection: