Date: 2013-04-17
Time: 13.30
Place: CHESS library, Sveaplan, 5th floor

This study examines the intergenerational transmission of fertility patterns from mothers who had their first birth at young ages to their daughters using nationally representative longitudinal data from population registers in Sweden, 1986–2009. It tests several mechanisms, including education, labor market attachment, socio-economic background, and family frailty, that may intervene with the intergenerational transmission of reproductive behavior, to help explain to what extent and how early motherhood is reproduced across generations. We find that maternal age at first birth is a very strong determinant of daughters’ entry into motherhood. Even after controlling for individual, background, and unobserved family factors, daughters of mothers who were relatively young when they started childbearing, are significantly more likely to have their first birth at young ages. The study is joint work with Maria Stanfors, Centre for Economic Demography, Lund University.

Kirk Scott is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Economic History, Lund University and the Dean of the National Research School in Economic Demography. Kirk studied Business Administration at the Phillips University, Enid, OK, USA and Economic Demography at the Lund University. Kirk’s other research interests include population ageing and labour market outcomes and reproduction in immigrant populations.