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Fertility differences by education in Britain and France: the role of religion


Publication date

Jan 2020


Among the many determinants of fertility studied in developed countries, educational attainment and religious affiliation are important and opposing factors. While fertility levels rise with religious affiliation, they fall with women’s education levels. The combined effect of these two characteristics is uncertain. Does religious affiliation attenuate the effect of educational attainment? Does education mitigate the effect of religion? Do these relationships vary across cultural contexts? To answer these questions, this article examines the entry into parenthood and completed fertility of cohorts of women born between the 1920s and 1960s in the United Kingdom and France according to their religious affiliation and practice and their level of education.

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Volume and page numbers

75 , 9 -36





Religion, Education, Childbearing: Fertility, and Higher Education


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